SABAH (11)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

On twenty third of Azar (December 14th 1978) there was news going around about the explosion of a bomb in the residence of one of the Savakis in Khorramshahr called Veysi. One of the revolutionary youngsters of Khorramshahr called Hassan Mojtahed Zadeh, along with a few friends, had placed a home-made bomb in their ventilation channel, when the residents were not home. A few hours go by, but the bomb does not explode.

SABAH (10)

Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

We departed and rushed towards Bayandor high school either individually or in a pair. Bayandor high school was located was at the entrance of Taleghani district or Shah Abad. Mitra and I were together and after a few moments, Saeedeh joined us. When we reached there, we came to know that the boys at Bayandor high school had also started a marching and got into a fight with security forces.


Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

On 29th of Mordad of 1357 (19 August 1978), we heard the news of the Cinema Rex in Abadan which was set ablaze. Nearly four hundred men and women and children had died. People had gone to watch the movie called Reindeers but the movie hall had caught fire. People had rushed to the exit doors but the doors were locked. Fire department arrived late and the operation to extinguish the fire was ...


Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

We had placed posters from Vali-asr verse of Quran and some lines from Jihad and Martyrdom on the walls of our classroom. The classroom had turned to a conflict zone between the anti-religion advocate of Shah. Some of our teachers who were in favor of Shah and its dynasty, inspected the classrooms and would say: “Do you think this classroom is a mosque that you have placed such religious things on the walls?”


Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

We collected the food supply in Mitra’s house and she took it to Quran class. The Quran office was in 40-metri Street, near a flower shop called Mohammadi. I was very willing to deliver these items to the families in person and talk to them, but Ms. Abedi was against it and was afraid that these visits might cause problems for the families. On the other hand, these visits could also be problematic for us.


Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

My first friend in high school was Mitra Mousavi. She was calm and beautiful and had a delicate spirit. She was a poet. They visited a place called “Esmatieh” regularly along with her two friends, Amireh Mohammadi and Farah Mahini. Esmatieh was a place like Hosseinieh where children learned Quoran. It was in a building near Falakeh Ahmadzadeh. Amireh and her family lived in Kout Sheikh. Her grandfather was a clergy and her family were religious.


Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

I spent the summer holiday of my fourth grade in a village called “Chaman Bid” in Bojnurd. Uncle Gholam brought our belongings with his bus to the village. Our belongings were decreasing in number. Every time we were moving, my mom donated one piece to our friends and relatives to make the hassle of moving easier. I had reached to an age when I did not like these moving and continuous trips.


Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

We all went to school. We sat in the old classroom while the construction of the new classroom was in process. Our school was on the banks of a big and beautiful river. The bank of the river was filled with white and flat stones. The stones were like marbles. Hosseinabad was located between two green hills. We used to play in the green outskirts or the hills after school hours.


Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

During that period, my father started working in Ministry of Oil and Ports of Khorramshahr but resigned due to the presence of English people in that Ministry. He used to say: “The money of Ports is not good. That land has been taken from people by force and no prayer is accepted there.” After that, he found a job in a road making company in Kuwait and worked for a few months.


Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

I looked out of the window of our house in Koushk building. Masoud Paki , in his Basiji uniform, happily and cheerfully had come to the door on a motorcycle. When he saw me, he waved and said: “Hi, sister Sabah! Come quickly, I have come to take you to the rest of the group.” There were many small and shiny stars under his feet. They were so beautiful that I ...
The News of Month; April 2020

"Oral history in cyberspace"

According to Iranian Oral History website, "The News of Month" is the title of a series of reports on this website. These reports take a look at news related to the subject of site in the written and cyber media. In the following, you will read the news about April 2020.

Corona and "Corona Daily Notes"

In these days, it has been seen and heard that some groups and institutions have invited the victims of Corona Virus (including patients, patients’ observers and self- quarantined people) to write a memoir about this event. This invitation and the attempt to fulfill it, of course, includes the benefits and effects that we preferably don’t mention them here. However, it is worth noting that everything now being written in the face of this ...

Oral History Requires Alignment with Documents

Even in oral history, it is not uncommon for scholars to view oral history as a complement to document-based research. That is to say, oral history has been based on oral evidence, and it is true about memories too. Dr. Nurai said:" Oral history only fulfills part of the expectation for showing past". See the book The Aspects of Historical Islamic Revolution. Here we have to refer to a few references to ...
Research Method Workshop in Oral History-1

Oral History: A Resource for Collecting Historical Information Through Interview

"Research Method Workshop of Oral History", lectured by Soheila Safari was held in National Archives Building, NLAI Dr. Parham Hall on Monday, February 17, 2020. Soheila Safari has a PhD in contemporary history from Al-Zahra University. The subject of his thesis is "Social Insecurities in Reza Shah Period in Terms of Research in Oral History ". He has been working with NLAI in Oral History Department for more than 10 years.