(Iraq) June 1-2 is 74th Anniversary of Farhud- the Pogrom in Baghdad Iraq #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Today is the 74th anniversary of the Farhud in Baghdad Iraq -the pogrom-or
the beginning of the end of the Jewish community in Iraq. Following the
British victory in the Anglo- Iraqi war (The British campaign against the
rebel government of Rashid Ali in the Kingdom of Iraq during the Second
World War. Operations lasted >from 2 to 31 May 1941.) The riots occurred
following the pro-Nazi regime of Rashid Ali. Over 180 Jews were killed and
1,000 injured and 300-400 non-Jewish rioters were killed. Looting occurred
and over 900 Jewish homes were destroyed. It is alleged that the violence
occurred that the Jews helped the Brits defeat Rashid Ali. The Farhud
occurred during the holiday of Shavout.

According to the United States Holocaust Museum in the early 1940's about 3
percent of the Iraqi population was Jewish-135,000 people with 90,000 living
in Baghdad, 10,000 living in Basra and the remainder in small towns and
villages dispersed throughout Iraq. Jews had lived in Iraq since the 6th
century BCE. To read more about this see:

The Forward has an article reprinted >from ten years ago (as the article
talks about 64 years ago) on the Iraqi pogrom which may be read at:
Original url:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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