Jews have been in Iraq for more than two-and-a-half millennia. Today, the entire Jewish community of Baghdad can fit in a single car. In this special Thanksgiving bonus episode, a conversation between Mishy Harman and Emad Levy.
A century ago, close to one-third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish. Today, just five Jews remain. We explore the story of Jews in Iraq, from Nahum the prophet to a Jerusalemite grandmother who became the unlikely champion of kidnapped Yazidi girls.
The late Iraqi Israeli novelist Samir Naqqash was forever torn between competing loyalties. An English translation of ‘Tenants and Cobwebs,’ his portrait of 1940s Baghdad, shows him to be the tragic chronicler of the uprooting of Iraqi Jews.