A trove of waterlogged treasures from Baghdad’s Jewish past is being conserved at the National Archives for a return to Iraq next year. The material, found when U.S. troops invaded Iraq a decade ago, includes a 400-year-old Hebrew Bible and a 200-year-old Talmud from Vienna.

There is also a small, hand-inked 1902 Passover Haggada, a colorful 1930 prayer book in French and a beautifully printed collection of sermons by a rabbi made in Germany in 1692. The National Archives plans to open a major exhibit of some of the items on Oct. 11.

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