XVI Int. Oral History Conference Abstracts Would Be Published

10 April 2011

The 16th international oral history conference, “Between Past and Future: Oral History, Memory and Meaning”, was held on 7-11 July 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic.
About 500 oral historians from over fifty different countries participated in the conference and presented their research at the University of Economics.

The international Oral History Association has provided a collection of all the abstracts of research presented in the conference, in 505 pages, for the ones who are interested. This collection is accessible for everyone on the website of the International Oral History Association, for free. Moreover, the association will soon publish many of the excellent papers and research, after reviewing them, on the first special online issue of Words and Silences.

To access the abstracts you may go to this website:

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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 ...