Crossing Arvand Rud (Shatt al-Arab)

Narrated by the Basij Commander Sardar Hossein Kargar

It was at the end of November, 1985 when I was informed that our forces intended to implement an operation. It was in the night and they had set up a temporal camp in Ahwaz Road. For confidentiality, they hold the meeting out of Ahwaz and in the night so that the fifth column, which was very active, would not be informed of the commanders going back and forth, and also their gathering in a special place.

What Happened on the 8th of September at Bazargan House?

On the morning of the 8th September of 1978, I [Fereshteh Bazargan], along with my sister and her husband, went to Jhaleh Square to participate in the demonstration. When we got near the square, we noticed the noise and commotion and shooting of the soldiers and we saw people running away from the square towards the surrounding streets. Some people took the wounded with them and were running away.

Memories of Khavar Taghizadeh

Humanization factory

I was fifteen years old when I became the wife of my cousin Mohammad. He was a municipal worker. We lived a simple and peaceful life and tried to raise our children as believers and educated. We had five or six children and a daughter-in-law when the war broke out. We stayed under enemy fire and did not leave the city. We were afraid, but we got to our business.

Echo of Imam Migration to Paris

One or two days after [Imam Migration to Paris], we heard from friends who had accompanied Imam and now come back that Imam and his cortege had gone from Kuwait border to the Basra and stayed in a hotel for one night after that Kuwait government excluded Imam. Then, he went to Baghdad and inhabited in the “Darasalaam” Hotel. Imam went on pilgrimage to Kadhimiya. Ironically, there were many pilgrims in the shrine.

Part of Memories of Amir Saeedzadeh

There is always a conflict between Komalah and The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and they attack each other headquarters. Local forces also took advantage of the opportunity and went near the Komalah and PDKI headquarters at night, and blew up their bases with RPGs. As a result of these attacks, which is not known by were conducted by whom, the relationship between Komalah and PDKI has become tense and new divisions and conflicts have formed between them.

Sit-in at Shahreza Hospital in Mashhad

During daily rallies in Mashhad, the mercenaries with the cooperation of regime agents attacked the people, and in the midst of this, some people were injured and even killed. Since Shahreza Hospital was the most important and largest hospital in Mashhad, most of the injured or killed people were transferred there. On the 22nd of Azar 1357 (December 13, 1978), the regime agents invaded there to identify and arrest the injured of the rallies and to prevent them from ...

The Anniversary of Takeover of the U.S. Embassy

A Genuine Question

I do not forget the time when the young people had taken over the spy nest and there was a tumult — maybe less than a month had passed — and we had just come from Hajj. Mr. Hashemi, another person and I — whose I do not want to mention his name — went from Tehran to Qom to ask Imam they have finally been caught, what should we do with them now? Should they be kept, not keeping, what should we do?

A Part of Memoirs of a Soldier

The embankment where we were stationed led to the Khorramshahr asphalt road. For this reason, the Iraqis tried hard to recapture it. And finally, near at noon, they were able to settle in the embankment next to the asphalt road and shoot diagonally towards us from there. We had no choice but to retreat. Captain Barati, the battalion commander, ordered two kilometers behind to build an embankment for us to settle there.

A Piece of Memories of Masoumeh Ramhormozi

I Did not Cry for My Brother That Day

Ismail came home in the darkness of the night of October 19, 1980; we had a potluck that we all ate together. The time of Eid al-Adha was near. Our family with eight people was halved. Ismail had put his hand around my mothers neck and was joking with her, and sometimes he said serious and wise words. Ismail had changed his behavior, and after 27 days of the war, he had grown extraordinarily and reached intellectual maturity.

Your Problem is Different / You Hinted Not to Hit More

One day, they came to me and said: “We want to take you to the prosecutors office so that the investigator will interrogate you.” We had been famous for the meetings we organized as the Anti-Baha’i Association. At that time, there were many people in Jahrom that worked in different jobs; Among other things, there was a sergeant major in Shahrbani (law enforcement force), who stood guard duty instead of the guard ...
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The Anniversary of Takeover of the U.S. Embassy

A Genuine Question

I do not forget the time when the young people had taken over the spy nest and there was a tumult — maybe less than a month had passed — and we had just come from Hajj. Mr. Hashemi, another person and I — whose I do not want to mention his name — went from Tehran to Qom to ask Imam they have finally been caught, what should we do with them now? Should they be kept, not keeping, what should we do?

A Part of Memoirs of a Soldier

The embankment where we were stationed led to the Khorramshahr asphalt road. For this reason, the Iraqis tried hard to recapture it. And finally, near at noon, they were able to settle in the embankment next to the asphalt road and shoot diagonally towards us from there. We had no choice but to retreat. Captain Barati, the battalion commander, ordered two kilometers behind to build an embankment for us to settle there.

Your Problem is Different / You Hinted Not to Hit More

One day, they came to me and said: “We want to take you to the prosecutors office so that the investigator will interrogate you.” We had been famous for the meetings we organized as the Anti-Baha’i Association. At that time, there were many people in Jahrom that worked in different jobs; Among other things, there was a sergeant major in Shahrbani (law enforcement force), who stood guard duty instead of the guard ...

Privacy and Its Niceties in Oral History

Privacy in the process of recording and publishing memories is an issue that has attracted attention of activists in this field and those interested in legal issues in recent years with the expansion of activities of memoirist individuals and groups. Oral history interviews include close and personal relationships between interviewers, narrators and their organizational sponsors. This relationship is important for all groups. Interviewers feel an obligation to the people who have allowed ...