As one of your thankful readers, I take the liberty
of writing to you on a subject that am sure could
be of some interest to those of your readers who were
living in Iraq, specifically Baghdad, before leaving
it to other destinations.
The subject concerns a primary school called "Ras-Al-Qarya"
for Jewish boys affiliated to the Ministry of Education
(Maaref) of the Iraqi government, which I assume was
functioning until shortly before the Jews left Iraq.
This school, which had 100% Jewish students, had never
been mentioned in any of your journal in the past.
The teachers were of mixed religions, and one of the
outstanding teachers was Mr. Yehuda (Gorgi) Bershan
who I am sure is well known to you, and he was the
sports teacher in the years 1938 and 1939, before
he left it for Shamash School.
Mr. Bershan is now living in Israel and, after over
60 years, I was able to contact him and am still in
touch by phone and mail every now and then. In one
of his books, he published a picture taken in 1939
at the mentioned school, showing the 4 sports boys
decorated with medals, as well as himself. I am sending
you herewith a copy of this rather "historical"
picture so that you may kindly mention the name of
the school, and if possible showing the picture as
well in the next edition of The Scribe, so that the
students of that school who happen to come across
this issue will nostalgically feel glad to see and
The 4 sports students in the picture are:
Victor Mirza (now Assim) ,Nadhem, Fouad, Moshi
Sorry, I forgot their surnames
Monsieur Victor ASSIM
130 Rue Jean Baptiste Charcot
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