Monday Sep 16, 2013
by Linda Menuhin
More than 40 years have passed since I fled Iraq, yet Iraq has never left me. Time and again I earnestly tried to bury my past, without much success. This year on Yom Kippur I honored my father's memory with a sense of fulfillment.
On the eve of Yom Kippur in 1972 my father, a distinguished lawyer in Iraq, disappeared. He was the first Jewish person to disappear during the Ba’athist regime’s years in...
Tuesday Sep 03, 2013
My name is Sasson Azoory and I left Baghdad, Iraq in 1959 to study in the United Kingdom. When I left, Iraqi General Abd al-Karim Qasim was in the midst of his three-year rein. During this small window of time Iraqi Jews were granted freedom of movement and I am one of the few Jews who was able to leave the country using my Iraqi passport.
A couple of years after my departure, General Qasim was assassinated, ushering in a very dark period...
Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
Aaron Zangi was raised the oldest of three brothers in the Iraqi city of Basra. Many of his ancestors originally hailed from Iran; “Zangi” translates to ‘ringing’ in Farsi. Aaron’s father was a well-respected textile businessman who built their home in 1936 in a Muslim Arab neighborhood. Following the Farhud, an anti-Jewish Iraqi pogrom in 1941, the flourishing Jewish community of Basra transferred to Ashar...
Monday Aug 05, 2013
Abraham Berookhim was born in Tehran, Iran in 1948 to a traditional Jewish family whose records date back to the Babylonian exile. Abraham’s grandfather was educated through Alliance Israelite Universelle and eventually opened a bookstore. Later noticing the lack of translation dictionaries, he financed the publication of three major dictionaries from Farsi to English, Hebrew and French. The dictionaries were used throughout the...
Monday Jul 22, 2013
Remy Pessah was born in Cairo, Egypt to a family of three sisters and a brother. Remy’s mother, Sarah Menasheh, was a homemaker and a “true nutritionist” while Remy’s father, Yaakov El Gazzar, was a jeweler. Together they lived on a street called Sharyah Besseyah, in a neighborhood very close to the synagogue. Remy spoke both Arabic and French at home, having attended French and American schools before...