National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. Mark R. Cohen to Discuss -History and Memory: The Jews of Iraq-

Press Release: June 17, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage Exhibition Speaker Series

Dr. Mark R. Cohen to Discuss History and Memory: The Jews of Iraq

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m., the National Archives and Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will host Dr. Mark R. Cohen for a discussion titled History and Memory: The Jews of Iraq. Cohen’s lecture will be held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

A free light reception and exhibit viewing will precede this lecture from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Cohen will examine the events in the twentieth century history of the Jews of Iraq. The post-Ottoman period saw great advances in Jewish social and economic life, as well as a sudden crisis in the form of the Farhud pogrom of June 1-2, 1941, which was followed a decade later by the nearly complete exodus of Iraqi Jewry to Israel. How memoirs written by Iraqi Jews in the second half of the twentieth century remember and explain these events forms a major theme of the presentation.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speaker

Mark R. Cohen is the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East, Emeritus, and Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, at Princeton University. Among his many authored books is Under Crescent and Cross: The Jewish in the Middle Ages. He also edited the medieval section of History of Jewish-Muslim Relations from the Origins to the Present Day.

About the Iraqi Jewish Heritage Exhibit and Speaker Series

This program is offered in partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and is a part of the Wednesday Evening Speaker Series presented in conjunction with the exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. The exhibition was created by the National Archives and Records Administration, with generous support from the U.S. Department of State. This free exhibition is available for viewing, Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through August 15, 2015. Group tours are available. For more information call 816-268-8013 or email mickey.ebert@nara.gov.

Kansas City sponsors include the Community Legacy Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City; Oppenstein Brothers Foundation; Sosland Foundation; H & R Block Foundation; Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, United Missouri Bank, Trustee; Sprint Foundation; Annette & Sam & Jack Swirnberg Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; J-Lead, Flo Harris Supporting Foundation and the Earl J. and Leona K. Tranin Special Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City; Menorah Legacy Foundation; Harry Portman Charitable Trust, United Missouri Bank, Trustee; with additional support from the Jewish Art Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) was founded in 1993 by Holocaust survivors. Its mission is to teach the history and lessons of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. MCHE honors local survivors and their experiences by recording and communicating their stories to every generation. To learn more, visit www.mchekc.org.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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LPM/LE-KC 2015-017

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