The Forgotten Refugees
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The Forgotten Refugees: A documentary about the mass exodus of Jews from Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century.
The Forgotten Refugees explores the history and destruction of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities, some of which had existed for over 2,500 years. Employing extensive testimony of survivors from Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iraq and Iran, the film recounts the stories of joy and of suffering that nearly a million individuals have carried with them for so long.
Segments on the contributions of Middle Eastern Jews to politics, business and music, testify to the enormously rich cultures which fleeing Jews left behind. The film weaves personal stories with dramatic archival footage of rescue missions, historic images of exodus and resettlement, and analysis by contemporary scholars, to tell the story of how and why the Arab worlds Jewish population declined from one million in 1945 to several thousand today.
This dramatic story is vividly recalled in rare documentary footage and in personal accounts of those who endured this trauma. -- Professor S. Ilan Troen
Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies, Brandeis University
Editor, Israel Studies
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Grand Mufti Hai Amin al-Husseni of Palestine met with Hitler and they developed a plan to set up concentration camps in Arab countries. With the help of Hitler Husseni went on national Nazi radio and broadcast in Arab countries crying "rise as one man and fight for your sacread right, kill Jews where ever you see them". Their only outlet was to flee. Hundreds of thousands lived in refugee camps until Israel was able to take them in. During their testimonies they also point out that there were many wonderful Arab neighbors that treated them justly and help them escape. This documentary sheds light on the forgotten refugees.
I highly recommend this video to anyone who is interested in obtaining a clear and objective view of the long-standing troubles between Arab and Jew in the Middle East.
from before the time of Islam. For example, 40% of Baghdad was Jewish.
Jews lived, generally in harmony throughout the Moslem world during
the Middle Ages, with some exceptions.
What changed after Hitler put the Mufti on his payroll?
It helps get the big picture of the complex situation and is very