Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (36)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (36)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Rigidity and Resistance It was Ramadan; the month of God, month of purity and mercy. It was for the several times that I was in the regime’s prison during Ramadan. Fasting, and praying in those solitary confinements had another atmosphere. I was happy of reaching to healing Ramadan after all those hard tortures and hardships and I could heal my heart wounds and pains. It cannot the expressed how much I enjoyed those Ramadan dawns and sunsets in that loneliness of my cell. The loneliness which was always something bothering to me, I was enjoying a lot then; because I was worshiping my God in this loneliness frankly and clearly.In this month I found out that Mr....

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (35)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (35)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi The Sounds of Cell No. 21 It was about September or October of 1971 that one night they suddenly opened my cell’s door. I woke up frightened. They threw in a tall strong young man inside and closed the door. He sat down hugging his knees and crying without paying any attention to me.I looked at him for some minutes. Then I came down from the platform and soothed him. I told him: “Stand up and sit on the platform.” He said that he could not. I helped him by taking his arm for sitting on the platform. It was clear that he had been tortured and beaten badly. His arms and legs were trembling. I held his leg and moved it. He shouted of pain. I covered him with the...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (34)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (34)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi The Sun Still ShinesWe passed through the big gate of barracks and entered a big yard. The guard guided me beside a wall and told me: “Stand right here.” Then he called some soldiers and told them: “He should stand there and not move and if he moved, hit him by stock or bayonet. He stands here until I get back.” The soldiers frightened of the sentences by that agent, looked at me worriedly. It seemed they were guarding a dangerous killer.I could not believe my eyes when I felt the warmness of sunshine on my body. I had been in darkness for a long time and my eyes were not familiar with all that light and they began weeping. With all those injuries on my body...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (33)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (33)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Dreadful Tortures in Qezel Qa’eh Prison When we reached Qezel Qa’eh Prison (1), they guided us to a corridor where Saqi’s room was on its left side. There I could drop the keys on my feet and slowly on the ground and they were lost in the darkness over there. It was relief for me.After some moments they moved me to “Surgery Room [otagh-e amal]” (2). This room was located in the east to west side of there. They shoved me behind the table in middle of the room. One of the agents put his hand on the chair. I did not notice what he wanted to do. Suddenly he pulled the chair. I fell down on the ground by my back so hard before being able to do anything. I could...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (32)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (32)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Job ChangeFor the people who had prison background finding a job and keeping it was hard work. After passing my military service SAVAK was monitoring me persistently at my work in Pars Metal Company. After some time they put pressure on Ahmad Tahsili and Haji Baba (Company owners) to fire me, but they resisted. I was working in supply department in that company. They purveyed me a car to speed up my job affairs. After some time I faced a great problem. Whenever I would buy something, the sellers would not accept to write the discount rate on my receipts. Sometimes they would give me the money in cash after issuing the receipt. My insistence on mentioning the...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (31)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (31)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi The Souvenir Just Fight When the military service days with all their up and downs passed, I found some time to follow my postponed political activities in Hezbollah. I began actively participating in party meetings and mountain climbing programs. I got more acquainted with Mohammad Mofidi, Alireza Sepassi and Abbass Agha Zamani. Of course, whenever I could find any chance at the time of my military service, I would come to Tehran and take part in meetings and speech sessions of people like Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani in Hedayat Mosque.Social and cultural conditions of those days were so awful and far from Islamic values. Immoral behaviors among the youth were so...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (30)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (30)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi   Spout of Water   One day I heard a high ranking army general from Imperial Army Inspectorate had come to Semnan and resided in Governorship building. It seemed that he had come for some immoral pleasure party in Damghan and then disposing some affairs in Semnan in three days before returning to capital.I welcomed this chance and went to governorship building to visit him. I also asked Kheir Abad people to go there separately and express their need for tap water. They stopped me when entering the building. I said: “I am soldier of Construction and Development Corps and not form locals. Finally I could enter by forcing myself to them. I entered the...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (29)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (29)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Mozembel After being familiar with the people of Kheir Abad, I intended to do my divine task. So I went to see the governor and report about the hardships of the people. I asked him to do something to eliminate the roots of injustice and tyranny for this kind and sincere people. The governor was quite disappointed and told me that his attempt had been fruitless in this regard. He said: “As long the Khans rule, the conditions would not change.” He continued: “Now, you go on! Do something. I will help you indirectly; I do not want to be involved in tribal conflicts.”He clarified for me that this condition had been formed based on some policies. The policies...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (28)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (28)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Reconstruction and Development Corps of Semnan After finishing the training course and learning some information about hygiene, rural construction, irrigation, agriculture and … I was waiting to be dispatched to a village or county for serving people and be freed of dry army system. But I firmly believed forming this kind of governmental organizations such as Reconstruction and Development Corps, literacy Corps, and ... was only propaganda for dissembling people by the Pahlavi regime. However, I welcomed this opportunity and tried to change the situation in my favor and serve my people as a member of Reconstruction and Development Corps.Because of my good marks...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (27)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (27)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Knowing Mohammad Mofidi Knowing Mohammad Mofidi (1) was one of the greatest achievements for me during my military service. He was martyred later. The story of knowing him is a nice one. In Karaj Garrison I was in the 6th battalion. Once when they were calling the names of the soldiers, I heard the name of Ladjevardi in the 3rd battalion. I guessed he may be a relative of Assadullah Ladjevardi. I went to see him and asked the matter. He said that he was his relative. We became friends. Gradually I noted that he had a relation with a tall young man. I monitored him and saw that he would Koran so well and without mistake. At that time considering reading Koran was a...
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An Overview of the Book of “The Lost Passage”

Memories of the sapper narrators of 14th Imam Hossein Division
Some feathers scattered and floated between barbed wires on a brown background in a dazzling and special mixture, evoke the concept and purpose which is emphasized in book cover of “The Lost Passage”. At the back of the book that there are separated pieces of barbed wire on the same brown background sporadically contain an excerpt from the text of the book, part of which we read: ...

A Look at the Book “Operational Physicians-2”

Biography, Memories and Viewpoints of Dr. Mohammad Ali Attari, Professor and Specialist in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine and Pain
In the book “Field Physicians 2”, after acknowledgement, we first come to a short text written by Dr. Mohammad Ali Attari, and on the next page to a photograph, as it is stated under the photo, taken with Professor Majid Samii in the operating room (Germany, Hannover). After that the content, the editor introduction, and then “Biography at a Glance” which is a six-page summary of the book text, are presented.
The Fourth Online Meeting of Iranian Oral History

Iranian Oral History beyond Borders – 2

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 “Iran’s Oral History beyond Borders”. In continuation of the meeting, the host asked ...
Interview with Brigadier General Farzollah Shahin-Rad

Ironman

We were supposed to experience a hot summer day at seven oclock in the afternoon. I got to his house in ten minutes to seven, but I knew that working with the militant had special rules. One of them is punctuality. I went up and down the alley several times to meet this Ironman at his house. When I saw him from afar at military conferences, his sense of toughness was evident in demeanor.