Catching sight of the years of war

In "Room Number 24" and with "The Friends of Martyr Mohammad Gereh"

Mohammadali Fatemi
Translated by Fazel Shirzad

2017-04-15


Two Qasr-e-shirin[1] counties   

The book " Room number 24: a narration of the life of immigrants during the imposed war, adapted from self-writing memoirs of Sabria Falleh Hossein" is published by Sarir publication and it is put on the market by a great deal of effort of Maintenance and Publication of Sacred Defense Values Headquarter of Qazvin province and by a financial support from Islamic City Council and Municipal Hall of Qazvin in 1395(2016). The text of book, with 384 pages, is edited by Masoud Amirkhani in 36 chapters, we read the memoirs of poet who is from Qasr-e-shirin and living in Qazvin. He explained that all of contents of the book, besides changes of names, are written and documented truly.

The first chapter of the book is related to home, family and birthplace of the narrator, and the second one has deal of the Iraqi imposed against Iran. At the beginning of war, the narrator, wife was taken hostage, but, after a few days, she was abandoned, and told her memoir: "we were transferred to Iraq…, and hospitalized in a hospital because we were injured. After having therapy, I was transferred to a jail. One of the Iraqi soldiers said me that we had a spy in Qasr-e-shirin.

Due to extremity of the war, the narrator, his family and townsmen were going to leave Qasr-e-shirin. The detail of this event are mentioned in the book, over the pages 1 to 79. The feature of the book, from page 1 to page 79, is that reader can be familiar with Qasr-e-shirin before the war, and Qasr-e-shirin at the beginning of the war.

After these pages, the narrator goes towards another age in other pages; the age of immigration from war areas to safer areas. The narrator also speak about this event; his residence, for instance in camp Sarab Nilufar near Kermanshah, etc.

Naturally, living in such situation result in a lot of difficulties, and the narrator tried to speak about them not to be forgotten. It causes the reader to be familiar with the situation of Kermanshah in those days; it was a city where was both within gunshot of enemy and was the host of refugees.

Furthermore, the narration of the story was led to make the relation of the narrator with his wife's family notably. This relation and notable protection of relatives towards each other is, in fact, kind of resistance against the enemy. The narrator of book "Room Number 24" indicates such relation among relatives corresponding with the situation of those days, and minimum ability of relatives in the situation.

Although, war may involves some particular events, the progress of life also includes up-and-down conditions. The narrator's wife, in this way, was died because of heart failure: he tells: "now, I should live with three orphans; every day, I encounter with more problems. Of course, he sometimes had opportunity to solve the problem; his wife's father brought him and his children to Abyek city of Qazvin. After dying the father of his wife, he, with his children, were settled in Alavi hotel, room number 24 where was for settling the war refugees.

In the new life condition of the narrator it can be find that he tried, some or other, to keep the life of himself and his children. In this way, he tells memoir to readers expressly and easily. Mostly, the stories is about the situation of war refugees whom he was in relation with them, and their different life stories; of course, all of the stories remind" life" for the readers. 

The book consists of eight chapters according to eight years of Iraqi imposed war against the Islamic republic of Iran, and with mostly same topic. At the beginning of each chapter, it is mentioned where and which areas and operations the fighter of division Ansar Al-Hossein attended in; then, some memoirs of them about military monitoring, in that year, are mentioned in the book. At the end of each chapter, some information are mentioned such as the name of narrator, place and time of events took place.

The chapter" Monitoring in years 1359(1980)" consists of three memoirs, and other chapters make a review of war years respectively, and it consists of 176 memoirs altogether. Most of narrators of these memoir are Basij (Volunteer soldiers) watchers, military guards, commanders, and fighters related to monitoring post; each one of  them tell memoirs; about special moment or moments to do monitoring and its condition in the war.

These memoirs also consist the mood of fighters during the war, their tools and equipment, and generally, the memoirs represents the process of these activities in one of the military units of Sepah (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) during the year of sacred defense: "Martyr Mohammad Monouchri reputed as Mohammad Gereh, and Seyed Asghar Saemin was one of his outstanding followers, and he was adroit at monitoring.

To gather memoirs according the name of events, in which they were taken place, causes each memoir to have a supplementary role for other memoirs happened in different years and areas.

 


[1] Qasr-e-Shirin is a county in Kermanshah province in Iran, part of what is unofficially referred to as Iranian Kurdistan. The capital of the county is Qasr-e-Shirin

 



 
Number of Visits: 287


Comments

 
Full Name:
Email:
Comment:
 
The memoirs retold in the 10th meeting of “Oral History of Book”

Fourteen years of follow-up for a book

According to the website of Iranian Oral History, the 10th meeting out of the second round of the meetings “Oral History of Book” was the second session of talking with Mrs. Mahdieh Mostaqni Yazdi, the owner of Karnameh Publications and Roozbeh Zahraee, the son of the late Mohammad Zahraee, the late head of Karnameh Publications. The meeting was held with the attempt of Nasrollah Haddadi, a writer and researcher in the Institute of Book House on Wednesday 28th of June 2017.
36 years were passed...

A Memory of June 1981

According to Oral History Website of Iran, ceremony of 36th anniversary of tragedy of June 28, 1981 (the 7th of Tir 1360 (SH)) and martyrdom of Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti and a group of Islamic Revolutionary helpers was held in memorial place of the martyrs of June 28, 1981 in Cultural Institute of Shohadaye Hafte Tir, which is located in Sarcheshmeh intersection of Tehran, before a group of the martyrs families of the tragedy, national officials and people in the evening of Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
The 281st Night of Reminiscence of Sacred Defense Was Held (Part II)

With the Memoirs of Line Breakers; From South of Iran to South of Syria

Sediqeh Samii who was the second narrator in 281th night of reminiscence for sacred defense told his memoirs as follows:" I hold M.A in the field of nursing. I was a junior in collage while the Islamic revolution of Iran were being headed for victory. One of friends said me that they had established a group and needed a nurse. He asked me to join with their group; I accepted. We went to visit garrisons, because they were busier than other places.
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.