On August 25, 1941, the British and Soviet armies invaded Iran and deposed the Iranian king Reza Shah. After the invasion, the Allied armies, with the support of the Polish government-in-exile, decided to transfer 33,000 Polish soldiers and 11,000 refugees, including 3,000 children, to Iran. This number included 2,000 Jews, half of them children, who had been deported to Siberia and spent time in Central Asia. In Tehran, several camps were established in order to house them. In 1943 Polish children were finally able to move to Palestine.
Farian Sabahi (1967) is a writer, academic, and journalist specializing in the Middle East, particularly Iran and Yemen, and focusing on gender studies. She is currently a lecturer in Politics and Religion at John Cabot University and teaches International Relations of the Middle East at Valle d'Aosta University.
After obtaining her doctorate in Iranian History at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, in her post-doctorate studies she carried out research on the economy of oil in Iran (buy-back contracts), and she received a grant to research free trade zones in the Persian Gulf. She has taught at the University of Geneva, Bocconi University, Sapienza University of Rome, and the University of Turin.
Her latest book, Il Bazar e la Moschea. Storia dell'Iran 1890-2018 was published by Bruno Mondadori in 2019.
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