Friday, February 5, 2021

Jewish Refugees in Iran

 From Iran Wire:

Mikhal Dekel’s Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey, published in October 2019, is located at the crossroads of memoir and historical narrative. Dekel’s research into a largely forgotten aspect of World War II began as an attempt to understand the life of her own father. This personal point of departure led Dekel to embark on a thorough archival study spanning Europe, central Asia and the Middle East, from pivotal historical moments such as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939 – the infamous non-aggression agreement between Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany that allowed them to divide occupied Poland up between them – to the most intimate of experiences and relationships.

In this way, the story of one man has now become the story of many. Tehran Children reconstructs a history that had up until this moment been overlooked: one that took place on the margins of widespread accounts of Holocaust survival. Those Jewish refugees who passed through Tehran on their journey to liberty did not experience anything like the horrors of German occupation and genocidal racism but other, lesser-known horrors. (Read more.)


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