Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

I came to know Sabah Vatankhah in DA book. After tracking her footprints for almost 60 times in different pages and events of the book, I noticed that she has a deeper personality than what is presented in the book. Sabah is a nineteen year-old girl who is a revolutionary, active and defiant and fearless at the same time and has the experience of pure moments during the first days of the Holly Deference.

Thirsty Sands (Part 28)

Despite the passage of one week all the signs of torture could be very well observed on his body. At every corner of the Oate, a large number of the POWs gathered around the delegation and made their statement. Crowd was so tense that the Iraqi guards were not able to discern who talked to the members of the delegation. After the delegation left the camp, the POWs were indeed happy and ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 27)

Often they would secretly enter the sleeping hall in the middle of the night and start beating the POWs with all the force at their command. We did not of course have any hope that our officials in our country knew about these treatments, let alone the international bodies. It appeared that the international imperialism wanted to display its hostit1ty to the Islamic Republic in another manner. Nevertheless we could not help ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 26)

According to our on previous experience, we realized that we would be obliged to their favor as in the past! In the vice-commanders room there were several Iraqis: officers and non-commissioned officers. A sergeant who cold to some extent talk in Persian came toward us with a list in his hand and said, "you are criminals, and I will now announce your crimes so that Amer may decide what to do about you."

Thirsty Sands (Part 25)

Hearing the content of this conclusion from the enemys tongue, showed the Iraqis view of the POWs. A point enjoying great significance for the POWs was that in that particular time when Iraq displayed cruelest of treatments towards the POWs, the POWs had been able to make the enemy arrive at such a conclusion; that is, resistance and steadfastness in light of such values. Any time when the sound of radio was ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 24)

… water was cut off most of the time, that wells and sewers were not drained off, that free hours were lessened, that each day we were forced to stand still for hours, that we should watch films that we did not like to, that every night a number of POWs were taken out of the camp and beaten to death in front of the commander and his deputies, that food was ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 23)

From the movement of his eyes and slow movement of his body and manner of speaking it was clear that he had drunk too much. The drunk major called the guard in charge of our Oate and said, “Tell me of their crimes”, the sergeant immediately took out a piece of paper and reading out names aloud said they acted contrary to the regulation of the Iraqi Army. The commander said “Anyone ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 22)

When the brutalities of the Iraqi regime reached its climax and when our endurance and resistance was at its lowest and about to break, only one shelter and support remained and that was remembrance of God. In those conditions the Quranic verse: ...was absorbed by the hearts in all senses. Since the time when one of the boys was taken out of the camp, the whole prisoners in the hall stood in prayer and supplication.

Thirsty Sands (Part 21)

Following these pressures exerted by Iraqi in order to impress the POWs mentally, they started broadcasting programs over the loudspeakers interminably for 16 to 18 hours a day. Most of the programs were vulgar music. The loudspeakers were turned on at 6 in the morning, and after a pause of one hour were again started at l or 2 p.m. At sunset they were turned off for half an hour, and then again turned on.

Thirsty Sands (Part 20)

The pressure we were sustaining here had no value as compared with the sacrifices of the Muslim combatants. We should pray to God to make them victorious and to accept our meager services with His grace. “This was the wish and call heard from the depth of the existence of individual POWs. It was 6 p.m. and we were performing our evening prayer. Some were in prostration and other busy reading prayers Ta’aghibat.
Heavenly Commander

Hero and anti-hero

History has always been involved in the dualities of good and evil, benefaction and evil, good and bad, light and darkness, obscenity and beauty, love and hate, and historians have written the pages of history under both positive and negative effects of these forces. One spectrum is drawn by the demonic forces and the other by the Ahuraist forces.
Three hundred and ninth memory night-1

Memories of Mosul Camp

According to the Iranian Oral History Site, the 309th Memory Night of the Holy Defense was held on Thursday, 26 December 2019 at the Surah Mehr Art Hall. In this program Abdul Rahim Farrokh Sohrab, Sayyed Yahya Rahim Safavi and Fathullah Jafari recounted their memories of the captivity and the victory of Operation Faw and Karbala 5. At the beginning of the 309th Memory Night of the Holy Defense, a short video ...
Report of “the 12th National Conference of Iranian Oral History”-Part 1

Logistic Forces: Absentees of Sacred Defense Studies

Dr. Morteza Nouraei, scientific secretary at the 12th Iranian Oral History Conference stated, "What is important to us at this meeting is available archives in departments and stagnant and intact archives of the sacred defense in field of war logistic. The one who defended in the front line needed 99 supporters, and those 99 people were our absentees from our studies of oral history of Sacred Defense.
It was brought up at the workshop “Midday with Oral History”

Preservation of “lost worlds” with oral history

In the scientific-research workshop “Midday with Oral History”, Dr. Morteza Nouraee said, “There are spaces in old tradition and modern tradition of historiography with which have not dealt and they are called “lost world”. We as just historians must pay attention that we should also deal with the lost worlds in distribution of historiography.” According to the website of Oral History, the scientific-research workshop ...