The Ottumwa Courier


Iraqi Jewish Archive

This photo taken Sept. 30, 2013 shows Dina Herbert, a librarian holding the Kol Bo book from the 1540's, that was one of the Iraqi Jewish documents being conserved at the National Archives in College Park, Md. The tattered Torah scroll fragments, Bibles and other religious texts found in a flooded Baghdad basement 10 years ago testify to a once-thriving Jewish population that's all but disappeared from Iraq. Recovered from the Iraqi intelligence headquarters and shipped to the United States for years of painstaking conservation was a literary trove of more than 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents that are being digitized and put online. A sample of that treasure is being displayed for the first time this fall at the National Archives in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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