Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage
October 11, 2013 – January 5, 2014, Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery
In 2003, Coalition forces in Iraq discovered a cache of water-soaked books and documents in the basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters in Baghdad. This cache included thousands of books and documents relating to the Jewish community of Iraq. The National Archives was asked to provide advice on how to rescue this important group of materials, and over the past years intensive efforts have been involved in the preservation of these important books and documents.
The exhibition tells the story of these materials and how they are being preserved and made accessible worldwide. The exhibit includes 24 of these original documents and books, and an audio-visual presentation on the preservation of the material.
Learn about the new exhibit, "Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage," and its related programs. The exhibit is free and open to the public.