Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (16)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (16)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi INP UncoveredDuring early days of my arrest, I could not find the reason behind uncovering INP; later I found it in prison.Mr. Mohammad Baqer Senobari, a new INP member, was so enthusiastic in expanding the party and was so active. In a mission in the city, he had asked an individual to swear for the activity in the party; but that person would not appear for the meeting. Senobari who had waited till night darkness would go to a monastery in order to save his time. He remains there till late that night and when coming out of there, the police agents became suspicious to him quite accidentally and after some chase and flee he is arrested. He had a bag containing papers...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (15)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (15)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi AmbiguitiesWhen we reached the police office, they did not take me to my brother and we were separated. It seemed my brother had understood from their talks that the problem was with me. An hour later they would tall my brother that he could go. He had asked: “What will happen to my brother?” they had told him: “He is guest of us for a long time. You can go.” Haj Mehdi had told them: “He is young and doesn’t understand. He has done nothing and if he has done something wrong, it has been just because of his youngness; he did not mean to." They had told him: "He has done something that you not think of. Go, we will send him later."When Haj Mehdi found out how...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (14)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (14)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi  Marriage “No!”, Arrest “Yes!”Being a teacher and working with the children were my personal interests. So, political activity was not an impediment for keeping these interests.I was teaching sports in several schools and had contacts with many teachers and students. It was necessary for me to keep Islamic behavior as a good Muslim believer. It was a kind of positive propaganda for Islam. In an atmosphere that sin, iniquity and corruption had occupied all the ranks of regime, my behavior was obviously observed. All the people around, particularly the unveiled ladies would react with other men in relax and easy going way, but when talking to me they would...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (13)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (13)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Concurring with Islamic Nations’ PartyWhen I was officially accepted as a member of INP (1), I participated in some secret meetings. The first 3 meetings were held in Mr. Mir Mohammad Sadeghi or in the mosque. In these meetings, he would talk about my status in the party and my connections. There I understood that I could only be in contact with the individual higher than myself in party ranks. I would also participate in party classes just in the specified domain for me.After the primary meeting I entered party classes. My task in this level was participating in classes and learning party teachings. Other than that I had to find and introduce trusted and enthusiastic...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (12)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (12)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi New ArenasA familiar Invite, but Secretly After meeting with Imam Khomeini and knowing his point of view about the activities of Hojjatiyyeh Society, I stopped my activities there. However, I got acquainted with people such as Seyyed Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, JavadMansouri, Hussein Sadeghi, Hadi Shams Ha’eri and … Each of them later became a protest activist. Some of them were noble, genius, devoted and good believer people.Among them, I had special and deep friendship with Seyyed Mir Mohammad Sadeghi.(1) Most of our discussions were about the social injustice, the Pahlavi regime tyranny, rise of June 5th 1963, fighting know-how, ….In the middle of winter of 1965,...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (11)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (11)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi  Female Pioneers of FightWhen the families of Coalition members or the free ones became aware of the prisoner members situation, their first priority was to free their comrades or at least make a better condition for them in the prison.A month after the martyrdom of the ones who killed Masour (Bukharai, Amani, Saffar Harandi& Niknezhad) while the worries of prisoners families were growing the other members of Coalition began thinking on a strategy to put pressure on the regime to create a better condition for the prisoners. After long and clear consultations, the wives and family members of prisoners were advised to take the flag of fight in their own hand....

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (10)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (10)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Cortege of Sheikh Javad FoomaniThe late Ayatullah Sheikh Jadad Foomani was one of famous southern Tehran clergy and pioneer in political protesting movements. He had a sharp and expressive tongue and had no fear to talk about the regimes corruption. He had been arrested for several times and called to the police intelligence administration.He was so popular among the poor and Tehran public for his uncompromising attitudes. The regime was so careful about and fully aware of this popular clergy activity.Finally he passed away on 23rd of Ramadan 1384 L.H. (Jan 26th 1965), Shab-e Qadr (Night of Destiny).(1) People were sad of hearing his death news. His cortege changed to...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (9)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (9)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi For some seconds it was calm. I went fast to that boy and lifted him. Some others also came to help me. I took his left arm and one his right hand and the other two took his legs and we moved him together. While we were passing across the street, the colonel ordered the soldiers to fire again. The one who was in front of me and was holding the boys leg was shot and fell down. The one who was in my right side was also shot in back and fell. The other two and I ran away. I took shelter behind the walls of the bank. I found my hands and clothes bloody. I was shocked and looking around dazzled and confused. I could not move or do anything and full of scare. Then I heard...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (8)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (8)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi The Everlasting RiseOn March 22nd 1963 Grand Ayatollah Golpaygani held mourning ceremony for Imam Sadeqs martyrdom anniversary. The regimes commandos and agents attacked this ceremony. Some students were killed or injured. Most of Iranian people particularly the clergy became sad for this catastrophe. The clergy, grand ayatollahs, bazaar shopkeepers, guilds, Islamic communities and groups, condemned this attack and supported Qum seminary school by issuing a number of statements.Among all these statements, the Imam Khomeinis was more revealing, braver, and more incisive. His holiness had asked preachers and speakers to reveal the Pahlavi regime genocide in the last...

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (7)

Ahmad Ahmad Memoirs (7)Edited by Mohsen KazemiSoureh Mehr Publishing Company(Original Text in Persian, 2000)Translated by Mohammad Karimi Meeting with Imam KhomeiniThe rise in opposition with "Provincial Councils" bill made an opportunity for me to have a visit with Imam Khomeini. From that day I became devotee follower of this knowledgeable old man. My brother did much better than me in this field. He had became member of "Islamic Coalition Party" and was completely under the obedience of revolution's leader and could have visited his holiness several times and hear his words.The idea of sending "Neday Haq" to the addresses of "The Saint Mary's Path" subscribers and its postal costs made us to really think about finding money and a solution.The day that I talked to my brother about this matter, he said:...
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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.