Jewish nostalgia for Baghdad

A new film tells the volatile story of Iraq's Jews.

By MORDECHAI BECK
January 10, 2018 16:29
Baghdad in the 1950s

Baghdad in the 1950s. (photo credit: COURTESY ‘REMEMBER BAGHDAD’)

WHY ON earth would anyone, let alone a Jew, want to return to war-mangled Iraq, let alone buy a house there? The Jerusalem Report put this question to Edwin Shuker, who did precisely this.

Shuker, one of the stars of the recently released film, “Remember Baghdad,” is aware that he is on a mission to make the world aware of not only his own history, but also that of the Jews of Iraq. “The Jews of Iraq had been around for 2,600 years – that is something to celebrate,” he says.

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