While the history of Holocaust survivors has been extensively recorded, researched, and documented, the history of the Jews of Iraq has not had nearly the same exposure. So it’s interesting to learn about various facets of Iraqi society and the colorful individuals who lived there. Iraq’s Last Jews introduces us to some of them — a selection of prominent bankers, famous musicians, and average people who describe their lives in Iraq — what prompted them to leave their country of origin and how they fared in other countries after their departure.
With stories told in their own words or in the words of their children, Iraq’s Last Jews is an intense piece of literature that feels well suited to academic research on the subject but doesn’t qualify as a good bedtime story unless you have a keen interest in history, and in this history specifically. But it does cast a new light on Iraq and the country’s recent past, as seen through the eyes of people who were ultimately forced to flee and make new lives abroad.