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The Jews of Afghanistan

Within the Central Asian Neutral Zone, Afghanistan has become a popular hiding spot for Jews fleeing persecution from the Nazis, with the Afghan royal family being their most prominent protectors in the post-1947 world. Afghanistan has always been a place of refuge for Jews, dating back to the 7th Century. Many of Afghanistan's tribes, including the royal family itself, claim descent from the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

Herat, in particular, boasts a large Jewish community and Kabul has maintained a Jewish Quarter since the Middle Ages. While Judaism has effectively been exterminated in the rest of the world, it still thrives in the Central Asian Neutral Zone, despite some minor tensions with the Islamic majority in the area.

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Afghan Jewish couple, 1948


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A synagogue in Herat, 1960s

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A Jewish couple having dinner.​

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