MembersFarhoud: The Nazi Holocaust in the Middle East

While attempting to wipe our European Jewry, the Nazis were also targeting the Jews of Iraq.

By Edy Cohen | | Topics: Holocaust
Some Jews of Iraq found temporary refuge in Iran. Photo: Associated Press

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that the victims of what’s known as the Farhoud are not entitled to compensation under a law enacted to provide reparations to the victims of the Nazi Holocaust. 

The Farhoud occurred in 1941, at the very same time that the Nazis were implementing their “Final Solution” to wipe out the Jewish people. It saw the Jews of Iraq, an ancient community dating back to the Babylonian exile, massacred in great numbers, while even more were driven out of the country and their property confiscated and looted. And though this happened in the Middle East, survivors and their descendants argue that they should be viewed as victims of the Nazi Holocaust. 

On April 25, 1939, the first Nazi radio broadcast in Arabic reached listeners in the Middle East and North Africa. It came from a broadcasting station just outside Berlin, where legendary radio announcer Younis Bahri worked with civilian and military personnel to get the Nazi message out to the Arab world. Bahri had been...

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