Interview with Farah Talebi, Wife of Martyr Mohammad Karimi

The Narrative of Resistance

In March 2022, we were informed that Colonel Hajj Mohammad Karimi, after years of suffering from injuries and diseases due to the imposed war, joined his martyred companions; a man I was waiting for to publish his oral memories. On February 21, 2022, his body was escorted on the shoulders of Nain people and was buried in the hall of martyrs cemetery of Mazraeh Emam Village in his hometown; on this occasion, ...

Interview with Brigadier General Farzollah Shahin-Rad

Ironman

We were supposed to experience a hot summer day at seven oclock in the afternoon. I got to his house in ten minutes to seven, but I knew that working with the militant had special rules. One of them is punctuality. I went up and down the alley several times to meet this Ironman at his house. When I saw him from afar at military conferences, his sense of toughness was evident in demeanor.

Oral History and Historiography of the Islamic Revolution

An Interview with Dr. Morteza Mirdar

For more than two decades, the subject of oral history has been considered among history scholars, especially scholars of history of the Islamic Revolution. Many works have been published in this title in the country and abroad, theoretical discussions have done about this field, and a number of books have been published about it. But what is the relationship between oral history and historiography of the Islamic Revolution? Has oral history helped historiography of the Islamic Revolution in this period?

A Crime That Will Not Be Forgotten

Eyewitnesses Narrate The Event Of 17th Of Shahrivar, 1357

17th of Shahrivar 1357 (September 8, 1978) is remembered as a bitter day in the memory of the Iranian revolutionary people. On this day, a large number of people were martyred by the forces of the Pahlavi regime in Tehrans Jaleh (Shohada) Square. According to many experts, the massacre of the people on this day cleared the Pahlavi regimes attitude over the popular protests and showed the real nature of the regime.

Memories of The Isfahan Girl of the Days of Revolution

I am Zahra Karbasi, born in 1937; my ancestors were clergymen and prominent Marjas of Isfahan, and our great-grandfather is buried in his own house near Hakim Mosque. I married in 1952, when I was only 14 years old. I had given three children to birth until 1956, and I lost my first two children due to illness, after a few years. I went to a Maktab which head by a rigid religious woman, ...

Kobra Nemati Tells of Memories of School

I entered education in Aban (October or November) 1979. I taught sociology and mostly religious sciences early, but when the war broke out, I was principal of Tarbiat High School and also principal of night High School of Parvin Etesami. Before the war began, there was news that Iraqis had come to the border. The first martyr of Ilam, Ruhollah Shanbei, was a Pasdar (force of IRGC) who died a martyr on the border.

An interview with former commander of the 16th Armored Division of Qazvin – 2

The leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei stated, “Our army is a revolutionary army. There are lots of things inside you which you can’t find in others. You are an army which fought for the sake of your country for ten years. Few armies in the world have such a feature. There are many armies that have not stood in these crises and have not given such an exam to the people; the pious ...

An interview with former commander of the 16th Armored Division of Qazvin – 1

Armored General

He came wearing a dress in ripe wheat color, black high-heeled varnished boots, high-quality leather gloves, and gold-rimmed glasses over his nose; a leather hat special for armored horsemen and the golden medal of Fath 2 with three palm tree leaves and the dome of Khorramshahrs Jame (Grand) Mosque as well as the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran installed on the collar of his blue coat.

A Review of Memories of Masoumeh Khansari Bozorgi -1

Memories of Jahād-e Sāzandegī, Relief, and Cultural Activities in School

Masoumeh Khansari Bozorgi is one of the most active women in the post-Islamic Revolution and the holy defense era. She began her activities in Jihad of Construction (Jahād-e Sāzandegī) and after starting the imposed war she attended the war support headquarters and then went to south of the country for relief, but her main activity in those years was to carry out cultural activities in schools. Jihadi activities in deprived areas of Tehran, Varamin and Shahriar, activities in war ...

Interview with retired Colonel Qassem Nematollahi-2

Telecommunications is Like a Nervous System of the Army

Telecommunications is the nerves of the military. Have you ever encountered people with upset nerves?! How are they?! Just as the nervous system transmits commands from the brain to the nerves, so do telecommunication systems deliver the commands of a commander to his subordinate elements. Telecommunications in war is like a chain of nerves for a human being. Without Telecommunications, the commander, the watcher and the artillery will be useless, and none of the commanders can do anything.
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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 ...