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On this day in 1941, during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Jews were violently attacked in Baghdad, Iraq.

Shavuot is supposed to be a happy time, with families gathering and eating cheesecakes. But in Iraq in 1941, it was anything but as a massacre befell the Jewish community.
As someone with a Jewish Baghdadi grandfather who fortunately escaped Iraq a few years earlier, I am compelled to tell the story that decimated the community he left behind.
The #Farhud pogrom of June 1-2 left over 180 dead and 1,000 injured Jews, saw hundreds of homes destroyed and property looted.
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Thread: Meet Hela, my grandmother, loving, generous, caring Jewish mother of 12. She think that she is 93 y/o, but when she was forced out of Iraq her official documents were taken and over the years she didn’t celebrate her birthday and forget the exact date she was born...
She doesn’t speak a lot about her past. It is challenging to get any negative stories from Iraq out of her. She prefers to tell me stories about how great it was, how beautiful Baghdad is, and how they always felt safe – until the 2 days of horror: June 1-2, 1941, the #Farhud.
To me, this event signifies the days of catastrophe; the start of a Jewish “Nakba” (catastrophe) that no one wants to acknowledge. These two days led to my family becoming refugees.
“Farhud” means brutal intimidation of a population by its ruler, but it was more than just the...
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