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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 for

millennia, Jews resided peacefully in metropolitan Baghdad. Memories

of Eden: A Journey Through Jewish Baghdad reconstructs the last years

of the oldest Jewish Diaspora community in the world through the

recollections of Violette Shamash, a Jewish woman who was born in

Baghdad in 1912, sent to her daughter Mira Rocca and son-in-law, the

British journalist Tony Rocca. The result is a deeply textured memoir—

an intimate portrait of an individual life, yet revealing of the complex

dynamics of the Middle East in the twentieth century.

 

Toward the end of her long life, Violette Shamash began writing letters,

notes, and essays and sending them to the Roccas. The resulting

book begins near the end of Ottoman rule and runs through the British

Mandate, the emergence of an independent Iraq, and the start of

dictatorial government. Shamash clearly loved the world in which she

grew up but is altogether honest in her depiction of the transformation

of attitudes toward Baghdads Jewish population. Shamashs world is

finally shattered by the Farhud, the name given to the massacre of hundreds

of Iraqi Jews over three days in 1941. An event that has received

very slight historical coverage, the Farhud is further described and

placed in context in a concluding essay by Tony Rocca.

About the Author

Violette shamash (1912–2006) was born in Baghdad. In 1941, following the Farhud,

she and her husband and their two children fled Iraq for India. They subsequently

lived in Palestine, Cyprus, and Israel before settling in London in 1964. Violette began

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 and

the Sunday Times. He has worked with a variety of British newspapers and magazines,

and hes the author of a memoir, Catching Fireflies (2005). Mira Rocca, Violettes

daughter, worked in the American embassy in London and in the travel industry

before she and Tony became hoteliers and winemakers in Tuscany.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810126343
Author:
Shamash, Violette
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Editor:
Rocca, Mira
Editor:
Tony Rocca
Author:
Tony Rocca
Author:
Rocca, Mira
Author:
Moreh, Shmuel
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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