Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Diarna Project

Diarna ("our homes" in Judeo-Arabic) is an online museum dedicated to preserving and providing access to information about the sites (cemeteries, schools, synagogues) and memories of Jewish life in the Middle East.  Many former Jewish locations in this area are in danger of disappearing or are already gone.  Diarna uses modern technology (Google Earth, multimedia presentations), photographs, recordings, and more to create exhibitions about these vanishing communities.  Exhibits currently available are on Jewish Algeria, Morocco, and Iraqi Kurdistan.  The Morocco exhibit includes information on the area's World War II-era Vichy camps.

Alessandra Saluti, a research intern in the Jewish Studies Program at Wellesley College, is interviewing people who have lived in Jewish communities (excluding Israel) in the Middle East, to add to Diarna's online collection of information.  If you would like to be interviewed or know someone who might, contact Alessandra at

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