The Last Jews of Iraq

"Exceptional. The history was fascinating, the testimony very moving and the script beautifully measured." Mohit Bakaya, BBC Radio 4 Commissioning Editor
Programme Details

Alan Yentob uncovers the fascinating history of the disappearing Jewish community in Baghdad.

Did you know that at the start of the 20th century Jewish people made up more than one third of the population of Baghdad? Alan Yentob, himself an Iraqi Jew, has been uncovering this hidden history.

Only seven Jewish people remain in Baghdad today. They were an integral part of the community, living peacefully with Arab neighbours. Alan speaks to people who remember a life in Baghdad characterised by integration, religious diversity and colourful traditions and we hear from those who remember the community’s traumatic final days.

6th December 2011, BBC Radio 4

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