USHMM Launches Online Program on Iran's Connection of Jews Who Escaped the Holocaust #poland #usa #holocaust #russia #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


Starting Tuesday December 8, 2020 the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) , in partnership with the Chautauqua Institution will present an online program on Iran’s connection to Jews who escaped the Holocaust.  This is a two-part online event entitled, “The Tehran Children: Iran’s Unexpected & Suppressed Connection to the Holocaust”. This was inspired by the 2019 memoir  Tehran Children:  A Holocaust refugee by Mikhal Dekal.


The memoir tells the story of over a million Polish Jews who fled the Nazis during the Holocaust into the Soviet Union – specifically focusing on the nearly 1,000 children who were sent to Iran. The author's father, Hannan Teitel, was one of these children.


The event is part of The Sardari Project: Iran and the Holocaust, the result of a collaboration between the USHMM and the Persian-language website: This website is also in Farsi.


The series will feature 13 articles and nine videos. In addition to the IranWire’ Facebook ( and Twitter ( channels it is available at the


At  There is also a 7 minute video about the program


To read more see:


The USHMM release may be accessed at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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