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Spotlight: Discovery and Recovery at the National Archives

Spotlight: Discovery and Recovery at the National Archives

Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Heritage

Iraqi Jewish Just one of the many pieces of irreplaceable Iraqi Jewish artifacts preserved by and on display at the National Archives (NARA)

What You’ll Find

In 2003, Coalition forces in Iraq discovered a cache of water-soaked books and documents in the basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters in Baghdad. This group of material included thousands of books and documents relating to the Jewish community of Iraq. The National Archives was asked to provide advice on how to rescue this important collection, and for several years, intensive efforts focused on preserving these important books and documents.

The Discovery and Recovery: Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Heritage exhibition, in both English and Arabic, tells the story of the documents, and how they are being preserved and made accessible worldwide. This exhibit will be open in Washington, D. C. at the National Archives from Oct. 11, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014. The National Archives will offer special guided tours Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 11 a.m. In addition, the holdings are available online in an accessible database.

Getting There

The National Archives is located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets and accessible by Metro at the National Archives/Navy Memorial station on the Yellow and Green Lines. Visit the National Archives website for directions and maps.

Stay Here

Since Washington is one of the top three tourism destinations in the U.S., you’ll find plenty of lodging options at Destination DC. For convenience, look for lodging near a Metro station.

If camping is your style, you can reserve sites at Greenbelt Campground, a safe, affordable, kid-friendly option conveniently located one mile from the city of Greenbelt, Md., three miles from College Park Metro Station and 12 miles from Washington.

Make Sure You

Visit the National Archives’ website for more information on other exhibits and free public programs.

Try This

Before or after you see Discovery and Recovery: Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Heritage, be sure and visit the Declaration of Independence in the Charters of Freedom exhibit or join the signers of the Declaration by printing out and signing your own copy at home.

Don’t Forget

Did you miss one of the Archives’ fantastic programs? The National Archives Experience is proud to offer a selection of streaming video programs from our public program repertoire. Many of the programs are great supplements to lessons in the classroom or for homeschool students.

Did You Know?

“Record of Rights,” a permanent exhibition in the new David M. Rubenstein Gallery, opens Nov. 8, 2013. This exhibition will showcase the 1297 version of Magna Carta and allows visitors to explore how generations of Americans sought to fulfill the promise of human liberty. “Record of Rights” presents original and facsimile National Archives documents and uses an innovative 17-foot touch screen interactive table to illustrate how Americans throughout our history have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights and equal opportunity.