The life of Iranian-Iraqis reflected in a book

In the book ’56 Zoqaq’, the writer Hani Khorramshahi reflects the fate of Iraqis of Iranian descent who were forced to leave Iraq under the dictator Saddam Hussein.


According to IBNA correspondent, the book ’56 Zoqaq’ focuses on the diaries of Khorramshahi. In this book, he takes consideration of the life of Iranians living in Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein.
At the beginning of this book, Khorramshahi writes: “56 Zoqaq is the name of the street where I spent my childhood years; the period full of bittersweet memories which when narrated for my friends I could see the interest in their eyes.”
“These memories look into a strange world as seen through my eyes as a child which narrates the covert and overt corners of the contemporary history. It covers the fate of about one million people whose stories were buried under the passage of time, without being spoken of or defended. Fully documented events of what I’ve seen, heard and touched, and written word by word to be read in the future. It is a story written for the whole world as well as my wife and two daughters, Maral and Misa, who are my world.”
“Iranians deported from Iraq were first identified by the new administration of Saddam Hussein in 1980 under the excuse of being granted birth certificate or certificate of citizenship, and were later on forced to leave their homes after suffering torture and prolonged detentions. They were left in the border areas of the Islamic Republic of Iran with their assets confiscated by the Iraqi government which were later put on auctions,” the sad diary continues.

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Is oral history the words of people who have not been seen?

Some are of the view that oral history is useful because it is the words of people who have not been seen. It is meant by people who have not been seen, those who have not had any title or position. If we look at oral history from this point of view, it will be objected why the oral memories of famous people such as revolutionary leaders or war commanders are compiled.

Daily Notes of a Mother

Memories of Ashraf-al Sadat Sistani
They bring Javad's body in front of the house. His mother comes forward and says to lay him down and recite Ziarat Warith. His uncle recites Ziarat and then tells take him to the mosque which is in the middle of the street and pray the funeral prayer (Ṣalāt al-Janāzah) so that those who do not know what the funeral prayer is to learn it.

A Critique on Oral history of War Commanders

“Answering Historical Questions and Ambiguities Instead of Individual-Organizational Identification”
“Oral history of Commanders” is reviewed with the assumption that in the field of war historiography, applying this method is narrated in an advancing “new” way, with the aim of war historiography, emphasizing role of commanders in creation of its situations and details.
A cut from memoirs of Jalil Taeffi

Escaping with camera

We were in the garden of one of my friends in "Siss" on 26th of Dey 1357 (January 16, 1979). We had gone for fun. It was there that we heard the news of Shah's escape from the local people. They said that the radio had announced. As soon as I heard this news, I took a donkey and went on its back.