The story of war-torn Poles in Iran published
Publish Date : Friday 8 September 2017 - 20:09
IBNA – The book ‘The Disasters of World War II’, authored by Hamid Eshqi, focuses on some of the impacts of this event on the lives of other countries and the immigration of war-torn Poles to Iran.
According to IBNA
correspondent, World War II
continued while the Allies invaded Iran, ignoring our country’s declaration of impartiality. Their presence in our country led to the spread of insecurity and the deaths of many Iranian citizens.
As a neutral state, Iran was inflicted by the bitter effects of war, but in the countries directly involved in war, disasters were greater in comparison. Despite all problems, though, Iran did not hesitate to accept some of the victims of the war, such as the Polish people.
A Polish refugee has written: “We went on board a ship, weak and hungry. We left the hardship behind and this was like a dream. It was raining, when we arrived at Anzali Port in Iran. There we saw a warmer, lush land with a kind people …” (P. 159)
Some people who had closely observed the arrival of the Polish refugees in Iran, described their grave conditions as such: “An Iranian photographer named Gholam Rahimi, who captured the pictures of the arrival of these refugees, writes in his memoirs: “One morning, when I got up, I saw some ships evacuating the refugees. They were ugly, thin and sick people wearing old clothes. One of my friends who was a carpenter made coffins for the victims. In average, 50 people were dying each day.”
Other groups of the Polish refugees arrived in Khorasan through Turkmenistan and settled in Mashhad. A number of orphans who had no guardians were accepted in orphanages in Isfahan and Tehran. A photographer from Isfahan named Abolqasem Jala took some photographs of these children which was later published in a book titled ‘Children of Isfahan’ (P.162)
‘The Disasters of World War II’ published in 470 pages, in 500 copies by Arman Publication.