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Memories of Eden: A Journey Through Jewish Baghdad

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As a privileged young woman growing up with her extended family in Baghdad, Violette Shamash relives the excitement of a vibrant society coming to terms with daily life, first under Ottoman, then British, and finally pro-Nazi rule, which ended in disaster for the Jews of Iraq.
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Forum
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Dafna Tachover
Mar 03, 2013 Dafna Tachover rated it liked it
This book is about MY FAMILY. A VERY interesting book from historical perspective about Iraq. It was written by my Grandma's sister about their life in Bagdad Iraq, where my family lived for 2,000 years.Starting in the beginning of the 20th century in times when Bagdad was a place where all religions lived together in harmony, a time when it was the 'Garden of Eden' and then with the rise of Nazism in Germany everything changed, Jews were massacred and about 400,000 Jews who lived for thousands ...more
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Sep 22, 2015 Bechir rated it really liked it
A treasure house of informations which reveal the deeply insight part of Mesopotamian Jews (the oldest Jews community). Violette Shamash (1912-2006) turns the light on how everyday life, culture & costume of Iraqi Jews how it used to be. She stayed more than 20 years writing notes and essays since her nostalgic memories, on the banks of Tigris rivers (Baghdad) describing it with "the Heaven of Eden", to the beginning of 30ies when Iraq slipped into the hand of Nazi sympathizers mentioning " ...more
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