News of Oral History (November-December 2023/Azar 1402 SH)

Adjusted by Iranian Oral History Website
Translated by Ruhollah Golmoradi


According to Iranian Oral History Website, “News of the Month" is title of a series of reports on this website. These reports have a look at the news related to the topic of the site in written and digital media. In the following, you will read news from November-December 2023 (Azar 1402 SH).

◄ The book launch of “The Darkrooms of a City; Oral History of Isfahan Photography” by Hamed Qasri was held in the conference hall of Isfahan Central Library. The author of this book, Hamed Qasri said, “oral history is a document of sound and image, and seeks to record any human experience that is in danger of being destroyed over time and in the course of time and due to various political, social, and economic changes. The book darkrooms of a selected city is about 100 interviews with Isfahan photographers that were conducted between 1997 and 2019. The conversations with 37 photographers were selected and published in the form of oral history.

► The session of reading and review of the book “Khaki Boots” and a conversation with its author, Niyat Tizchang, were held in Ardabil. This book, edited by Javad Movasagh, was published by Khat-e Hasht Publications in 2022.

◄ The book launch of two oral history books “Under Eyes of the Enemy” and "From Shalamcheh to Halabcheh" as well as two reference books on the role of Construction Jihad of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad in the sacred defense was held in Yasouj on November 23, 2023. “Under Eyes of the Enemy”, memories of veteran of Sacred Defense “Gholamhossein Ghasemi” authored by “Mahnaz Jalali”. The book “From Shalamcheh to Halabcheh” memories of veteran of Sacred Defense “Mohammed Razipour” and two reference books related to the role of Construction Jihad in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad in Sacred Defense was written by Sayyid “Hossein Yadgarnejad.”

◄ The book launch of the first volume of Oral History of General Hossein Alaei, the commander of the Noah Naval Base during the sacred defense, was held in the Sacred Defense Documentation and Research Center on November 28  coincided with the Navy Day. A group of commanders of the sacred defense participated in this session. This book was authored by Mehdi Hajikhodaverdikhan and Dr. Hossein Ahmadi and published by the Sacred Defense Documentation and Research Center (2023).

◄ The head of the Sacred Defense Documentation and Research Center said on Navy Day, “The oral history of 600 commanders and senior managers of the IRGC in 30 years after Sacred Defense is on the agenda in 5 dimensions: defensive, security, cultural, social, and construction. This ceremony was held on November 29 at the Sacred Defense Documents and Research Center.

◄ The head of NLAI said, “This organization is ready to prepare and jointly publish the oral history of knowledge-based companies and the path they have taken in the country's scientific progress.

◄ The book launch of “Red Army’s Forerunner of Number 8” which is result of more than 30 hours of oral history interviews with Hossein Kalani was held. The book was authored by Peymaneh Salehi and Mohammad Hossein Yazdani Rad, and it was published in 2023 by Rozaneh Publications.

◄ The oral history book of the Supreme Council of Education titled “Witness of Council”, narrated by Professor Ahmad Safi and edited by Rahim Roohbakhsh, was published by the Supreme Council of Education.

► The book launch of “Oral History of the War by Nasrollah Fathian” was held in the Sacred Defense Documents and Research Center on Tuesday, December 5. This book was edited by Ali Asghar Molla and compiled by Abbas Heydari Moghadam Arani, and it was published by the Sacred Defense Document and Research Center (2023) in 650 pages.

◄ The seventh book in the field of oral history of industry, titled “Thankful for Hope”, a review of the fate of Dara Ghaznavi, edited by Ahmad Farhadi, was published by Talash Publications in 253 pages and 1000 copies.

► The book launch of the oral history book narrated titled “West and Northwest Telecommunications” by Hossein Bagheri, the head of Telecommunications of Hamzah and Najaf headquarters during the Sacred Defense years, was held in the Sacred Defense Documentation and Research Center on Tuesday, December 12. The book was published by the Sacred Defense Documentation and Research Center.

◄ In the book launch of oral history book of the sacred defense narrated by General Hossein Bagheri, The deputy coordinator of the central headquarters of Khatam al-Anbiya (PBUH) stated that today chest of all the wireless operators of the sacred defense is full of war secrets, and said, “The wireless operators ran after their commanders like Ahmad Motevaselian, Mohammad Ebrahim Hemmat, Ali Sayyad Shirazi, etc. and recorded all their acts at the height of the crisis.

► The book launch “The Blue Navy”, the first oral book of progress in the history of East Azerbaijan, was held in Tabriz on December 19. The book “The Blue Navy”, as the ninth volume of the series of books on the progress story, written by Mehdi Noormohammadzadeh, narrates achievements and successes of a company. The book “The Blue Navy” is the story of the developments of industrial company of “Petco”. This book was published in 262 pages by Raheyar Publications.

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Loss of Memory in Pahlavi Prisons

In total, [I was in prison] about 6 years in two arrests. For the first time after several years, a soldier arranged my escape. I do not know why! Maybe he was one of the influential elements of Islamic groups. They took me to the hospital for the treatment of my hand, which was broken due to the callousness of an officer.

Hajj Pilgrimage

I went on a Hajj pilgrimage in the early 1340s (1960s). At that time, few people from the army, gendarmerie and police went on a pilgrimage to the holy Mashhad and holy shrines in Iraq. It happened very rarely. After all, there were faithful people in the Iranian army who were committed to obeying the Islamic halal and haram rules in any situation, and they used to pray.

A section of the memories of a freed Iranian prisoner; Mohsen Bakhshi

Programs of New Year Holidays
Without blooming, without flowers, without greenery and without a table for Haft-sin , another spring has been arrived. Spring came to the camp without bringing freshness and the first days of New Year began in this camp. We were unaware of the plans that old friends had in this camp when Eid (New Year) came.

Attack on Halabcheh narrated

With wet saliva, we are having the lunch which that loving Isfahani man gave us from the back of his van when he said goodbye in the city entrance. Adaspolo [lentils with rice] with yoghurt! We were just started having it when the plane dives, we go down and shelter behind the runnel, and a few moments later, when the plane raises up, we also raise our heads, and while eating, we see the high sides ...