The future of the Iraqi-Jewish archive, the collection of documents shipped to the US for restoration in 2003, has still not been resolved: Iraq wants it back as its national heritage. However, the announcement that another US museum is to host the IJA exhibit will delay its possible return for another year. Baltimore’s Child reports:
The Jewish documents were discovered in a flooded basement and at first left to dry out in the Baghdad sun
The Jewish Museum of Maryland will host a major traveling exhibit,
Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage from October
15, 2017 to January 15, 2018.
The exhibit details the dramatic recovery
of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a
flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the
National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to
preserve these materials. The 2,000 square foot exhibit features 23
recovered items and a “behind the scenes” video of the fascinating yet
painstaking preservation process. Exhibit opened Sundays through
Thursdays every week.