|Ezekiel's tomb with rabbi caretakers|
Today's photographs from the Library of Congress are from the tomb of the Biblical prophet Ezekiel in the Iraqi town of Kifl, not far from the ancient city of Babylon. Ezekiel prophesized the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BCE and the exile to Babylon.
The American Colony photographers visited Kifl in 1932 and photographed the Jews of Kifl at the 14th century tomb.
|Interior of the shrine. Note|
the large Hebrew name of
the Lord behind the pillar
Most of the Jews of Iraq left the country in 1951.
More photographs of other Jewish communities from the American Colony collection will be featured in future "Israel Daily Pictures."
Read an account of three Jews' visit to the tomb in Kifl in 2006, a 2010 article by The New York Times' Steven Lee Myers, and a film clip by The New York Times' Stephen Farrell in 2010.
|The tower over the Tomb|
|At the entrance to the Shrine|
|At the entrance|