Earlier this week we came across a tweet that stopped us scrolling. Mysa Kafil-Hussain, Archive Manager at Azzawi Arts in the UK, posted the following tweet.
“Did you guys know there was a large(ish) Polish community in Iraq in the early 1940s? And did you know they had a newspaper? ‘Kurier Polski w Bagdadzie’ reported on World War 2, events in Iraq, and advertised community announcements, sports, art, music etc.”
The tweet also included three photos of said Polish newspaper whose title translates to Polish Courier in Baghdad. On a thread that has so far received 199 likes and 95 retweets, Mysa went on to write that:
“Tens of people (soldiers & civilians) were released from Soviet gulags, evacuated by the British, and shipped to or walked to Palestine via Iran & Iraq, with a lot of them settling in Iraq for a long time. Many died making the journey (snow, cold, mountains)… “Also, there were some artists in Polish communities within Iraq who collaborated with, and really influenced the first generation of Iraqi modernists by throwing elements of European modernism into the mix.”