Seyyed of Quarters 15 (35)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
Like Karami, Mehdi Palang became known as a result of betrayal. It had been said he is commander of tank battalion. Iraqis were sensitive about the members of our group previously, but now they were more careful and had Mehdi Palang under observation. Finally, he was taken to the interrogation room. This goings and comings was increased, until he said one day, when he came from the interrogation room, "I got tired, Seyyed. I want to confess. They said to perform ablution, put your hand on the Quran and swear."

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (34)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
The loudspeaker of camp played songs of Mahasti, Moeen, and Daryoosh continuously. The songs which was chosen to sow despair seeds in the hearts of prisoners. Some prisoners had heard the songs so much that had memorized them. Suddenly, the song was cut and it was said someone comes to the camp to speak. "Is it possible they will be representatives of the Red Cross?" Prisoners asked each other.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (33)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
One morning, when I moved from side to side in my bed, heard the voice of the muezzin for a moment. The morning sleep was pleasure and I wanted to sleep more. I felt that my grandfather has woke up. Opening my eyes, I saw he is groping his way toward yard to perform ablutions. I put my quilt aside and got up. I took his hand. "Do you wake up, Seyyed Jamal?" He said quietly.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (32)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
Little by little, our countenances were ruining. Sometimes, using water was banned as a punishment and we had to clean ourselves with pieces of our clothes when went to the toilet. The cesspools of some toilets were filled and the guardians occasionally took several of prisoners to empty them. Instead of ewer, empty cans of tomato paste had been put in the toilets. At the late October 1989, they put new ewers in the toilets.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (31)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
One day, when I was a teenager, came back home from school, ate my lunch, and did my homework. I had been bored. I rode my bike and went to my father’s shop. Entering the shop, I saw my father and three or four other shopkeepers have gathered and were speaking of revolution and the police and gendarmeries encounter. Sometimes, shopkeepers and businessmen gathered in my fathers shop.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (30)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
Sunday May 07, 1989 coincided with the Eid al-Fitr. We thought Iraqis celebrated, but it seemed they were upset. That day we did not understand what had happened, but their faces showed something has happened. The Quran which had been given us by Iraqi officer, polished our mind. I was happy to able to fast all Ramadan month and to read the Quran.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (29)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
Monday morning of 1st, May 1989, I heard a noise of firing. A few hours later, some prisoners said that one of prisoners of quarters-16 has attempted to escape by hiding under the truck, but he had been captured when the truck was passing the military police gate. I did not understand he had become known as a result of betrayal or spies had betrayed him. Iraqis had captured and taken him out of the camp.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (28)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
One of the prisoners was a teenager from villages nearby Malekan. He spoke hardly a few Farsi words. He said he and his twin brother had been conscripted together, but they were separated in the region. He was worried about his brother and said that hasn’t heard anything of him. He fell sick badly for a few days. We reported it to the guardians until they came and took him. A few days later, he came back. He had recovered a little.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (27)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
One of warm nights of summer, we had left the windows open. It was late at night when one of the guardians came behind the window. Perhaps he is going to be amused with prisoners like some of guardians until his three-hours-watching finished quickly. Maybe he wanted to find some wrongs in prisoners and show himself to his superiors. Some of them knew members of our group and in this case, we were trying not to involve ourselves.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (26)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
One of those nights, I had a dream about Adel. I did not remember the whole dream when woke up in the morning. I saw Adel has stood next to the bathroom when was walking in the ground at the time of taking in fresh air. Iraqi soldier, Abujasm, went toward him and they began speaking with each other. It was like Abujasm wanted to go to the bathroom. Seyyed Mohammad Abujasm was one of the soldiers who named Adel ‘snail’ and ‘lizard’, and tormented him and a large number of prisoners.
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Memory Night held in presence of Supreme Leader

Whatever has really happened should be narrated

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the liberation of Khorramshahr, the third program of the Memory Night of the Sacred Defense was held in presence of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in Imam Khomeini Hossianieh on 24th of May 2017, according to the website of Iranian Oral History.
Interviewing with Jalal, Farid, and Mohammad Bagher Ketabchi in the meeting of "oral history of book."

"The Ketabchis" and their book stories

According to the Oral History website, the fifth sessions of the second round of meetings of "oral history of book" was held on Tuesday evening, 23rd May 2017, in the house of Literati of the Iran book house, with the presence of Nasrallah Haddadi, as an expert and announcer, Seyyed Jalal Ketabchi, manager of Islamiyah publishing, Seyyed Farid Ketabchi and Seyyed Mohammad Bagher Ketabchi, managers of Elmiyeh Islamiyah publishing.
Analyzing and criticizing "oral history interview with Ph.D. Abbas Horri"

Discussion on Informative Role of Oral History

According to Iranian oral history website, meeting of reviewing and analyzing book of "Pearl of Knowledge: Oral History interview with Ph.D Abbas Horri" was held in Khaneh Ketabs Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam on Monday evening in May 22, 2017. In the meeting Nooshafarin Ansari, Narges Neshat, Dariush Matlabi, Peimaneh Salehi, Kazem Hafezian, Seyyed Ebrahim Omrani, Saeed Rezaei Sharifabadi, Ali Jalali Dizaji, Alireza Norouzi, Maryam Sarrafzadeh and Najmeh Salemi attended and spoke.

Tone in Oral History

Another fried shared a memory. The memoirs of this friend is also published; however, I feel like the tone of the book was different. He was speaking smoothly but in the book it was as if a literary person was talking. One might think that the ambiance in the session resulted in such difference and it might be true; the story of the narrator shall be experienced under different circumstances to give a verdict.