"Handmade Wishes", "a Girl from Tabriz ", "Lady Instructor", "Rise Up!"

Oral history of knowledge, women, schools and hymns in four books

Mohammad Ali Fatemi
Translated by: Fazel Shirzad


Note: Iranian oral history website - entitled "Oral History", published four works by the Office of Studies of Islamic Revolution's Cultural Front, and its publication, Rahyar, in the spring of year 2019.


The life experience of student movement

The book " Handmade Wishes": The story of establishment of a knowledge-based company in the field of electronic and computer technology" is located in " The Oral History of Progress" group and as the first book of series one named"Knowledge-Based." Interview and writing of this book in 183 pages has been carried out by Milad Habibi Hojeghan. He stated in the introduction of book: "This book is about the story of establishment of a knowledge-based company in the field of electronic and computer technology by several young people…although this book has been written for the purpose of progress narration, it can be considered as an life experience of student movement ... What you are going to read is the result of a 25-hour interview with the members of the board of directors and the effective members of Kosar’s Dynamic Technologists Company"

These interviews are based on a unified narration and fourteen sections; the narrator narrates, and in some part of text with a different width and color than the entire text, there are some parts of the statements he spoke about. The book is ended with a list and a brief description of the achievements and products, samples of products and research projects of considered company of book. Of course, there are some photos inside the text according to narration.

A sample text of the book "Handmade Wishes" is as follows: "Export cucumbers are different from salad cucumbers; it is a thin and shiny one, and that is this flat and curved. Perhaps the exact location of the head of the cucumber is not important in the daily life of people, but when the issue of exports is raised, the cucumber's head is also debatable. Always, the bitter part of cucumber is its tail, but it's not really cucumber but the starting position for growing it. The cucumber's tail is a position where a yellow and small flower stick to it. Another advantage of export cucumbers is the smooth and straight without curvature and curvature. These were the issues that the comrades were involved in them after the camera project. Somewhat they abandoned the high-rugged masts in middle of roads and were a companion of lush and bent-headed bushes of cucumber..."


Translated Interviews

The book " a Girl from Tabriz ": Memories of Sadigheh Saremi, a warrior, a trainer of the literacy movement and educator of the 80s Tabriz", is the second book of the Revolution's Women series one, which are in oral history books of Islamic Revolution's Cultural Front. These books, involved previous and next books, are called "treasure" by the Office of Studies of Islamic Revolution's Cultural Front called.

"A Girl from Tabriz" has 207 pages and four chapters and an album of colorful pictures. Hoda Mehdizadeh Mardanghom, who interviewed and wrote the book, explained in the introduction that:" The beginning of the interviews dates back to 2013. These interviews ... are done in 9 two-hour sessions ... Interviews were conducted in Turkish and translated into Persian during transcription ... During the compilation, new questions were raised. To find answer, I did a series of supplementary interviews in-person and on the phone. The compilation of memories is done linearly. It is started from childhood and family of narrator to his growth and education. It is attempted to show the quality of his family and religious education well ... and we are also pursuing environmental and social events from the perspective of Ms. Saremi; she entered literacy movement the movement when Imam Khomeini ordered the formation of literacy movement. At the same time, he is also engaged in activities of the Jihad of construction[1]... she is one of the first women of Tabriz who took training course with membership in the Basij, and she was sent Khuzestan to rescue fighters and warriors at beginning of iraqi imposed war against Iran. In various operations, she serves as a paramedic and took various risks."

It is mentioned in a part of memories of Sedigheh Saremi: "Before the start of the operation, if anyone was wounded from the detective forces, Mrs. Mehdi [Bakeri] would prefer to be treated at home not operation to be revealed. Alireza Radvari came to me and said that Mr. Mehdi has asked you for going to his house. I asked myself: "whom did Mr.Mahdi brought home for treatment to?" I got quickly ready and went. When I entered into the house through front door, I smell blood. I saw Ali Tajalai and Mashadi Ebadi. The barbed wire caused the right leg of Mr. Tajalai to be cut. Mr. Mehdi had white green sweater and Basij pants. I called me in his favorite expression:

-God bless! Do the best you can Ali’s leg not to be infected.

-This part of leg cannot be stitched; it is Just like satin fabric, That is If the needle pierces it, it will open more.

- It is better to say that you do not know how to treat him!

- No Mr. Mehdi.! I wound dress it.

I started to wash the wound with Povidne Iodine by using special bands that absorbs the infection and prevents the growth of microbe, I used it about one meter on the Ali’s leg ..."


Two issues in recalling memories

The book "Lady Instructor : Oral memoirs of Saeedeh Sadiqzadeh" is the second of the series "The Schools of Revolution", which is in the field of oral history of Islamic Revolution's Cultural Front. It is a book in 271 page created by Marzieh Zakeri. She explains that she did interview with the narrator of book for about 25 hours. "I used two issues In the process of developing the interviews. First, the collection of documents that Ms. Sadiqzadeh had kept during her service years at various schools. These documents included publications, manuscripts of songs and theaters, brochures and work reports ... Second, an interview with old students of Ms. Sadiqzadeh and they tell their memories about her. In the compilation of interviews, the questionnaire was considered. First, because of its predominantly analytical aspect, it is descriptive ... Secondly, it seems the importance of its educational aspect, I think, to be more in match with this format. Ms. Sadiqzadeh's memories are divided into two periods: before and after the time when she became instructor. The former includes memories of the personal and family life of narrator; this section focuses on the formation of Ms. Sadiqzadeh's personality. It also contains educational lessons that were not unrelated to the subject."

the book" Lady instructor" with fifteenth chapter paid attention on the story of the narrator, school to school, and in relation to the situation of the community and with regard to its impact on schools. Mashhad is the geography of narrator's diary, and there are some special memories in this geography. Like this narration related to the years before the victory of the Islamic Revolution: I knew "[Mr. Ayatollah Seyed Ali] Khamenei and his families. His father was a well-known and respectable person, and we met her mother at various meetings. Especially I had good relation with my uncle's family; they called me "sister".  They were very friendly and kind. I used to see Mr. Khamenei in neighborhood. They used to walk very gently and calmly. My brother was in contact with him, and got Quran records of famous professor. At that time, different audial tape of Qur'an were not available to anyone, and only he had these tapes. I think it was Ramadan, when Mr. Khamenei lectured at the mosque of Imam Hassan (AS) after afternoon and evening prayers. I and some my friends went there with each other. It was very small. When it was welcomed a lot, there was no vacancy anymore. I remember well that Mr. Khamenei was jokingly saying that they would push the walls back to make space.  Then they removed one of the walls and created a large space. Of course, the floor was still dusty. When we sat on floor, we was able to see sky. Before the speech, Mr. Fatemi, who was the reader of Quran, used to read Quran. This was a new thing, because that was common at all. It was first time for me to see someone read Qur'an before a speech.  Each time one of the famous reader came and read Qur'an. Then Mr. Khamenei started their speech. They always stood and talked. We were a band who wrote their lectures. Because attending these meetings and hearing these words was not easy; it was valuable to us. It was supposed that we would duplicate them at nights as much as possible. We used carbine under our papers, and we wrote as much as we could. The next day, we were spreading papers in the mosque for those who were absent in last speech. Mr. Khamenei was being frequently arrested after every a few lectures, released him again after a while. Again, the friend announced that his speech had started. "

The book ends with an album of images related to narrator's memories.


Chapters on timeline

The book "Rise up!: Oral Memories of Seyed Hamid Shahangian" is the fifth work of series "The Hymns and Songs of the Revolution", which is located in oral history group of Islamic Revolution's  Cultural Front. The text of this 207-page book is based on interviews with Mohammad Javad Karbala'i, Morteza Ghazi and Musayeb Ali Akbarzadeh Arani compiled by Rouhollah Rashidi. In the introduction of this six-season book, Rashidi wrote:" Before the compilation, preparations were needed: listening to the interviews to approach the world of word of professor Shahghian, studying transcribed text of interviews completely and accurately to identify the gaps and the chapters, and finally, studying old interviews of professor Shahghian in magazines and websites to match narrations in different periods." Although the diversity of mentioned fields in the memoirs causes narrations to be interesting, it make chapters difficult in division. The simplest way was to schedule a timeline. Thus, the periods of [narrator]  life were divided into several essential time:1) childhood, adolescence and youth; 2) taking trip to America; 3) return to Iran and the months leading up to the victory of revolution; 4) after the victory of the revolution and the decade of 1980; 5) the decade of 1990."

The memoirs of Shahangian have been narrated along with two parallel ways. One is his personal life and his career activities that the influence of music can be seen on them, but the next day is his passion for music on revolutionary hymn and songs. The book "Rise up!" reveals these two ways in accordance with the personality and reputation of narrator, but there is still a search and research to bring more details of history into consideration around the narrator's works in the field of music and songs. The book's editor goes on to say in the introduction: "How difficult and time-consuming this process is" and "It's difficult to recall events have passed for more than three decades." But it also emphasized that "Rise up!", "at least it brings up some important clues."

It was mentioned in the some parts of Hamid Shahangian's memoirs; "It was supposed that when Imam Khomeini entered the hall [Mehrabad Airport], Mr. Hamid Yeganeh, who had a good voice, sing the song "Khomeini! O Imam ". It would cause that the people pay attentions on us. Because he had a very nice voice, we were sure that he would do that. Imam arrived and, as it was supposed, as soon as Hamid wanted sing song "Khomeini! O Imam! ", microphone that was in his hand turned off! Now the Imam has entered the hall. The people are gather around them; it was extremely crowded. Everyone e was trying to see Imam. The comrades of choir group were still standing. As Hamid Yeganeh found that the microphone didn’t work, he said: "The sound is interrupted." I found that if we delayed, the program would be stopped. I said: "There is no problem, sing song without microphone!"Hamid, in order to hear his voice and attract the attention of everyone, pressed his diaphragm as much as possible, and so loudly sing  song " Khomeini, O Imam!" that all of people attended in the hall of airport became silent for a moment. As soon as they were silent, the comrades started to sing. It was very interesting. "

The memoirs of the creator of revolutionary music, such as "Khomeini! O Imam", "Rise up! O martyrs of God's Way"," Shahrivar Seventeenth ", " Aban Thirteenth " ends with the color album of photo related to memories.


[1] Jihad of Construction or Construction Jihad, or simply Jihad was one of Organizations of the Iranian Revolution. The organization began as a movement of volunteers to help with the 1979 harvest, but soon was institutionalized and took on a broader, more developmental role in the countryside

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