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JEWS OF IRAQ

Selman Dahud's escape from Iraq

This is the first part of the story of Selman Dahud's escape from Iraq in August 1971, through Kurdistan and Iran.


Selman's story is typical of many Jewish Iraqi's illegal escape from a dark, frightening period of persecution and hangings carried out by the Baath regime against the Jews. In total some 1,500 to 2,000 Iraqi Jews left between 1970 and 1971. Some went to Israel, others went to the West, mainly London and north America. This part of the story is just like a black comedy. It seems very funny now, related on 8 May 2008 by Selman to Eli Timan in Israel. The conversation takes place in Jewish iraqi dialect at Selman and Lydia's home. We hope to come out with English translation soon. Give us some feedback please.