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Tehran Children by Mikhal Dekel

Tehran Children

A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

Mikhal Dekel

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publication date: 1 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781324001034

The extraordinary true story of Polish-Jewish child refugees who escaped the Nazis and found refuge in Iran.

4 stars out of 5
1 Dec 2019

"Tehran Children tackles the difficulties of recounting history from the perspective of today’s fluctuating political orthodoxy."

At every stage of her family’s odyssey, Dekel uncovers reports and witness accounts of corruption and mistreatment. Yet her book doesn’t just cast light on an overlooked chapter in the fate of Europe’s Jews in the second world war. It lets us see how challenging it is trying to tell that story fairly. When the records and testimonies uncover overtly antisemitic discrimination by the Polish, Dekel’s formerly helpful Polish archivist becomes defensive. Dekel’s original plan to co-author the book with Abdoh is abandoned as the story becomes more about her father’s journey through Russia and Central Asia than his time in Iran. Tehran Children tackles the difficulties of recounting history from the perspective of today’s fluctuating political orthodoxy.

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