The story of Iraq's Jewish community comes to London this Autumn

A new festival of music and theatre "with a broad Jewish flavour", comes to Golders Green in London this autumn. Among the listings of Tsitsit: the Jewish Fringe Festival are Carol Isaacs and the musical group 3yin, who will be performing and speaking about the Farhud and her acclaimed graphic novel The Wolf of Baghdad

Meaning the “violent dispossession”, the Farhud was a NAZI backed pogrom in Iraq, which took place on June 1 - 2 1941. From June 1940, the French Vichy government had taken control of Syria and Lebanon and in 1941, having driven the British out of Libya, the German Afrika Korps under General Rommel was camped along the Egyptian border and poised to thrust eastward to the Suez Canal. 

Like elsewhere, NAZI Germany's influence was present in Iraq, due to the German legation's presence in Baghdad as well as through influential National Socialist propaganda; which took the form of Arabic-language radio broadcasts from Berlin, Arabic newspapers and the funding of pro-NAZI organizations.

The Wolf of Baghdad will be performed at Tsitsit: the Jewish Fringe Festival on Sunday 24th October, at the King Alfred Phoenix Theatre in London and will start at 7:30pm. You can also purchase a copy of The Wolf of Baghdad book at the link below.

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