The Farhud (Arabic word for pogrom) took place during the Jewish holiday of Shabu’ot in 1941. The pro-Nazi government had collapsed leaving Iraq in a state of instability. The British had just defeated the leader Rashid Ali who had earlier led a successful coup and two terrible days of anti-Jewish violence occurred in the ensuing power vacuum. Hundreds of innocent Jews were murdered, many more injured. Women were raped and businesses and homes looted and destroyed.
In my graphic memoir The Wolf of Baghdad, my family recall those dark times. It was the beginning of the end for a community that had existed for over 2600 years and life would never again be the same.
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