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Time: December 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. EST

Ticket: Free, Registration Required

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Location: Virtual Event

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  • Three Jewish refugee girls wait prior to their departure from Iran as part of the Tehran children’s transport. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of David Laor
  • Three Jewish refugee girls wait prior to their departure from Iran as part of the Tehran children’s transport. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of David Laor

The current Iranian regime is notorious for its anti-Zionism, antisemitism, and blatant Holocaust denial. This stands in stark contrast with a little-known event during World War II when Iran provided shelter to thousands of Polish Jews fleeing the Nazis. Iranian citizens played an important role in helping these desperate individuals who had trekked across vast parts of the Soviet Union to Iran in 1942. Nearly 1,000 of these refugees were young people, who became known as the Tehran Children. This history is not well-known in Iran, as the government suppresses access to information about the Holocaust.

During this two-part digital program, join experts to learn about Iran's connection to the Holocaust and why this is relevant to today, not only to Iranians, but all of humanity.

Part One: Why was Iran’s wartime rescue of Jewish orphans obscured?

Speakers
Mikhal Dekel, Author, Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey, and Director, Rifkind Center, City College of New York

Arash Azizi, Author, The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, US, and Iran's Global Ambitions

Moderator
Edna Friedberg, Historian, US Holocaust Memorial Museum


Part Two: How did this history impact one descendent of Jewish refugees?

Speaker
Mikhal Dekel, Author, Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey, and Director, Rifkind Center, City College of New York


Moderator
Sony Ton-Aime, Director, Literary Arts, Chautauqua Institution

This is a free event, but reservations are required.

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