Memorial of Mr. Seyed Mostafa Khomeini

One of the effective events in the crystallization of Imam Khomeinis movement was the martyrdom of his son and scientist, Ayatollah Seyyed Mustafa. The news of the martyrdom of "Hajj Seyed Mostafa" affected many clerics and believers in Birjand. Even those who did not fight [against Pahlavi regime] were unhappy in his absence. In those circumstances, the establishment of a commemoration assembly for that wise scholar who was the Imams friend and helper could ...

Conditions of Iraqi prisons during Baath Party

In the chains of detentions, it was my turn to be arrested. I was in the Imam house when I was informed that the Baathi agents were looking for me everywhere to arrest me including the School of Ayatollah Boroujerdi where my shop was located, and all the places they knew I was going and coming, even they had referred to Kufa and next to Euphrates where the clergies were swimming and they have monitored everywhere to find me.

An Excerpt from Sardar Sayyid Rahim Safavi Memories

In the third decade of Farvardin (April) 1980, Martyr Maj. Gen. Yousef Kolahdooz, deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, from Tehran called me, who I was operations commander of Isfahan’s IRGC, and ordered that following the meeting we had with you in Tehran, you should go with as many Revolutionary Guards and Basij forces as you can to resist the counter-revolution, and liberate Sanandaj and other cities of Kurdistan. He was aware of my ...

Clashes in the Paramount Dormitory and the Arrest and Torture of Students of University

The Paramount was one of the dormitories where about 20 to 30 religious students such as Engineer Vahdati, Ali Dost-Hosseini, Mohammad Dost-Hosseini (who were two brothers) Reza Kashani, Ali Asghar Soltani, and his friend and roommate Mr. Naqibi, my friend and roommate Mr. Habibzadeh and a few numbers of Yazd and Isfahan provincesۥ religious students lived in that dormitory. SAVAK attacked the dormitory twice. It was about 11 or midnight or about one in the ...

Being Attended among the Martyrs at the Time of New Year

Memoirs of Nejat-Ali Eskandari

In March 1982, I had returned to the front from a vacation when it was announced that the area was completely ready to operate. We spent the new year in the trenches and among friends and colleagues, and as soon as the radio announced the end of 1983, we all hugged and greeted each other with deep intimacy and love and congratulated New Year. At the moment when we were all sitting together cleaned and bathed in laundry, ...

Memoirs of a Japanese Mother of a Martyr in Iran

It was the spring of 1983. All the family members gathered around the Haft-seen and recited the New Year prayers, and listened to Imam Khomeinis Nowruz message. My husband recited the Quran as usual and then gave a gift to children. That day, all eyes were on Mohammad, who was about to return to the front. It was the Nowruz holidays. "Mommy, do you remember when I went to school, you once shaved my head?!" Mohammad said.

Memoirs of the Late Second Lieutenant Nejatali Eskandari

In the winter of 1979, a year after the victory of the Revolution, we were summoned to the army headquarter. We put on military uniforms and went to Lavizan. They led our battalion to a large-sized shed. It was the middle of winter, and snowing heavily. Shortly afterward, the sound of a car stopping outside the shed was heard, and several people entered. Surprisingly, we saw Sheikh Sadegh Khalkhali enter with two ...

Post-Revolution Iran in International Arena

Unfortunately, no serious work has been carried out in international arena neither about the revolution nor about the war. After the revolution, some countries have become sensitive toward Iran and were terrified of Iran. Due to anti-Iran propaganda, the facts and realities were turned upside down and no opportunity were given to Iran’s propaganda. Of course, since the new government had just been set up, our organizations were still unskilled. In foreign ministry, the revolutionary forces ...

Dr. Shariati Funeral in London

I was in Bochum (a city in the west of Germany) at that time. From Stuttgart, Mr. Nawab phoned and reported Dr. Shariatis death. Well, it was very shocking for us. Mr. Nawab suggested that we should go to London soon because there were whispers. Indeed, the SAVAK and the regimes propaganda organs had reported Dr. Shariatis death in the newspapers and implicitly said that the body was to come to Tehran and that a funeral would be held.

The Story of Taking the Photograph of Imam Khomeini in Najaf

In 1974- maybe 1975-, when I went to Iraq, one day I told Haj Mustafa to request Imam to permit me to take a lot of photos of him, but not a photo of a sheik who just sits with his cloak on his shoulders; but [it was better] he did his usual works and have nothing to do with me and I photograph. Haj Mostafa replied that he would get permission from the Imam to do it.

Book review: “Line of Blacksmiths”

Autobiographical memoirs of a young man from Dezful during the imposed war The "Line of Blacksmiths" uses a beautiful front cover which enjoys elegance and taste in its design; as the selected text on the back cover is proof of the authenticity and belief that shows the Iranian combatant proud and the real winner of the imposed war: "I went to get my gun. They were looking at me. Their crying and begging increased.

Excerpts from Memoirs of Abdullah Salehi

On the 28th of September 1980, in the back alleys of the Taleghani [Khorramshahr] neighborhood, we clashed with Iraqi artillery. Speed of action was important. If we reacted late, the rackets would hit us. Sometimes I lurked behind the alleys so that I could surprise the Iraqis. In one of these ambushes, I turned off the car so that they would not hear his voice. I was waiting for the head of the truck to be found across the street.

A Review of the Book "Ismail Nazr-Aftab"

Memoirs of a captive named Ismail Karimian Shaddel
When our gaze passes through the cheerful and smiling face of Ishmael among the white bouquet on a light blue background and stops on the back cover of the book, we empathize with him through these few sentences of the narrator in his journey: "I knew from the way the tires were moving that the car was moving on the asphalt road. I lost consciousness again. I woke up to vague sounds like the voices of women and children.
The Fourth Online Meeting of Iranian Oral History

Iranian Oral History beyond Borders – 4

Dr. Abolfazl Hasanabadi, Dr. Morteza Rasouli Pour, and Dr. Abolhasani participated in the fourth meeting out of the series of meetings on oral history in Iran held online on Saturday 11th of Dey 1400 (January 1, 2022) hosted by Mrs. Mosafa. In the meeting set up in the History Hallway of the Clubhouse, they talked about “Iranian Oral History beyond Borders”. In continuation of the meeting, the host asked Dr. Hasanabadi to sum up the discussion.