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Memories of Eden: A Journey Through Jewish Baghdad (Jewish Lives)

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According to legend, the Garden of Eden was located in Iraq, and forand#160;millennia, Jews resided peacefully in metropolitan Baghdad. Memoriesand#160;of Eden: A Journey Through Jewish Baghdad reconstructs the last yearsand#160;of the oldest Jewish Diaspora community in the world through theand#160;recollections of Violette Shamash, a Jewish woman who was born inand#160;Baghdad in 1912, sent to her daughter Mira Rocca and son-in-law, theand#160;British journalist Tony Rocca. The result is a deeply textured memoirandmdash;an intimate portrait of an individual life, yet revealing of the complexand#160;dynamics of the Middle East in the twentieth century.

Toward the end of her long life, Violette Shamash began writing letters,and#160;notes, and essays and sending them to the Roccas. The resulting

book begins near the end of Ottoman rule and runs through the Britishand#160;Mandate, the emergence of an independent Iraq, and the start of

dictatorial government. Shamash clearly loved the world in which sheand#160;grew up but is altogether honest in her depiction of the transformationand#160;of attitudes toward Baghdadandrsquo;s Jewish population. Shamashandrsquo;s world isand#160;finally shattered by the Farhud, the name given to the massacre of hundredsand#160;of Iraqi Jews over three days in 1941. An event that has receivedand#160;very slight historical coverage, the Farhud is further described andand#160;placed in context in a concluding essay by Tony Rocca.

About the Author

Violette Shamash (1912andndash;2006) was born in Baghdad. In 1941, following the Farhud,and#160;she and her husband and their two children fled Iraq for India. They subsequentlyand#160;lived in Palestine, Cyprus, and Israel before settling in London in 1964. Violette beganand#160;writing what would become her memoir in the 1980s.

Tony Rocca, a journalist, spent much of his career on the staffs of the Daily Mail andand#160;the Sunday Times. He has worked with a variety of British newspapers and magazines,and#160;and heandrsquo;s the author of a memoir, Catching Fireflies (2005).

Mira Rocca, Violetteandrsquo;s daughter, worked in the American embassy in London and in the travel industryand#160;before she and Tony became hoteliers and winemakers in Tuscany.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Authorand#39;s Note

A Note about Language

Memories of Eden

The Palace

Childhood

The Shebbath

Iraq

Changes

High Holy Days

Qahwat Moshi

Love and Marriage

The 1930s

Revolution

Curfew

Farhud

First Flight

Last Flight

Postscript: January 2006

Epilogue

Afterword

Inside Story: Behind the Farhud

Appendixes

and#160; and#160; and#160;Time Line

and#160; and#160; and#160;The Ishayek Dynasty

Acknowledgments

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810126343
Author:
Shamash, Violette
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Editor:
Tony Rocca
Editor:
Rocca, Mira
Author:
Moreh, Shmuel
Author:
Tony Rocca
Author:
Rocca, Mira
Subject:
General
Subject:
Jews - Iraq - Baghdad
Subject:
Jews -- Iraq -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Iraq History 1921-
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Jewish Lives
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
59 b/w
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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