The 291st Show of Night of Memory

Memoirs from two operations, aviation and martyrs

According to the website of Iranian Oral History, the 291st Show of Night of Memory was held on Thursday 24th of May 2018 in Sooreh Hall of the Art Center. In this show, Ahmad Saqafi, Hossein Nazoori and Seyed Javad Hashemi retold their memories from the eight-year Iraqi imposed war against Iran.

I want to learn Farsi!

Abu Ahmad blocked our way near the evening of Monday 15th of Aban 1396 solar hijri calendar (November 6, 2017) in Najaf-Karbala road. As a matter of fact, three others had already asked us to become their guests. All of them said one thing, “Taking a shower, WiFi, a place for sleeping and taking a rest” which we had not accepted. But this last one treated us in a way that we could not accept his request.

A travel to 32 years ago

Third Nowruz (New Year) In the Frontage of War

In 1364 (1985), when I had been passing my third Nowruz in the frontage of war, I was responsible for two affairs: first, the responsibility of cultural group of sepah (Islamic revolutionary guard corps) in chenareh area controlled under cultural group of sepah of Marivan. Second, cooperating with the commander of chenareh.

Through Four Narrations

Oral History of February 1, 1979 Part III

Mohsen Rafighdoost, the driver of the car carrying Imam on that day, describes his memoirs as such: "I got up in the early morning, started the Blazer and after reciting Ayatul Kursi and Wa In Yakad Verse, I went to the airport. I arrived at 6. Nobody was there yet, but there were two policemen of our own forces. As nobody was supposed to be there, I discharged them. We had sent cards to the welcoming people, therefore not anyone was supposed to be allowed to enter the airport. We concentrated the forces at the entrance. We had organized everything at the airport for the guests.

Through Four Narrations

Oral History of February 1, 1979 Part II

On Private Streets in Tehran

Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, one of the active revolutionaries of that day, says so in his memoirs of the Imams arrival day: "liberation movement members were in charge of welcoming cards distribution, however they did not have good relationship with clergymen. They gave me a card like other guests. I drove in my blue Peykan in the morning and got to Imams hospital. There was no parking lot there.

Through Four Narrations

Oral History of February 1, 1979 Part I

Although almost four decades has passed since the Islamic Revolutions Victory, unfortunately few reference books have been published on the turning points of the revolution days. The day of Imams arrival into Iran is one of those days and oral history references are considered as main references of compiling books about these historical events.

A narration of Operation Morvarid

The Story of Remainders’ Efforts in Paykan Gunboat to be Kept Alive at Persian Gulf (II)

On Friday November 27th, I was the last one left Dezh at 12:30 oclock and rode on Paykan Gunboat. I think this event was resulted from an excitement taken place in Bushehr. Now, suppose that we were unaware of the enemys rocket launcher and forget it! At 13:30, Paykan Gunboat left Dezh while there were a hill of tied metals and some drowned ships and Iraqi fighters who were remained behind it. It was a quarter to one p.m.; it means we were traveling for about 15 minutes, when we reached at the speed of 30 km per hour, and coming back towards Bushehr.

A narration of Operation Morvarid

The Story of Remainders’ Efforts in Paykan Gunboat to be Kept Alive at Persian Gulf (I)

On 28th 2016, it coincides with "Operation Morvarid" and anniversary of epic "Paykan Gunboat" and in the war to destruct Dezh Al- Bekr and sea force of Sadams army. The gunboat of Iran Islamic revolutions air force, which was one of the most skillful units of Islamic republic of Iran Navy (NEDAJA) at the beginning of imposed war, was attacked and destroyed by enemy; captain Muhammad Hemmati who was the commander of Paykan Gunboat, and some of the followers were martyred, but some of the special forces and operation forces tolerated at Persian Gulf, and finally they were carried to Iran by helicopter team in the Operation Morvarid.

Two memories from Martyr Mohammad Ali Rajayi

Joking with the Minister! ‎

One of the students of the technical high school had created colt which fired J-3 bullets! When ‎Mr. Rajayi met the creator he stood there and the students defined different parts of his creation. ‎In the end, without notice, he pointed the gun into the air and fired it and said: “And … this is ‎how it fires.” All of a sudden a blank bullet which was loaded in the gun before, exploded and ‎the voice echoed in the exhibition hall. ‎

Unpublished memoir of Dr. Qamar Aryan

A poem that never made its way to Mosadegh

It was a warm summer morning of 2010, when I went to BehjatAbad neighborhood in Tehran; to a house where on its doorbell was written: “Zarrinkub”. However, it was more than a decade that Dr. Abdolhossein Zarrinkub had left that house and this world. The love of his life and spouse was living in that house. I went to meet Qamar Aryan as the reporter of one newspaper on the event of her husband’s anniversary and hear about professor Zarrinkub. The meeting was coordinated by Dr. Ruzbeh Zarrinkub (nephew) and conducted in the presence of his wife.
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From Condolence Theater in the Role of Ruqayyah bint Al-Hussein (PBUH) to Eulogy in Geneva

Hajj Yadollah Behtash has been a eulogist of Ahl al-Bayt (PBUH) for nearly half a century. His background includes eulogies in the House of Leader and Geneva, Switzerland, and he has written numerous religious books, but few interviews are available from his memoirs and life. The "Iranian Oral History Website" decided to conduct an interview about the life of this patriarch of the Ahl al-Bayt (PBUH) on the occasion of the days of mourning of Aba Abdullah (PBUH).
It was mentioned in an interview with Batoul Qayyumi:

We Bought Clothes for the Operating Room with the Money Gathered in Khorramshahr Liberation Ceremony

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Current concern of oral history: Gap in theorization

In the conversation ahead, Dr. Ali Tatari, the professor of history and a member of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Oral History Association with years of experience as the Head of the Document Center of Iranian Majlis (parliament) Library discusses the pathology of theorization in area of oral history and the status of this field in universities.

Significance of interaction between local history and oral history in compiling local writing

Compilation as a final product of many interviews has been noticed by the individual or collective projects of oral history. Compilation in oral history depends on a variety of factors, such as the policy making of the centers, the compiler, and the type of interview. This article deals with the relationship between local history and oral history and its impact on compilation in order to address issues such as the nature of ...