Warm greetings to you, Dalia, Yehuda, and David!
I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your historically accurate and realistic documentary work about the saga of the Children of Teheran. You were among the few people who understood what these children, in ages ranging from several months to 15 years, lived through, during their three and one-half years of wandering and suffering in Poland (occupied by Germany and Russia), in the steppes of Soviet Russia, in the prison camps of Siberia, in hostile orphanages in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Only in the final months of their journey of terror in Teheran, did they become known as the Children of Teheran.
You understood that every one of these children had different experiences and a different story to tell. Some began the journey with parents who perished from starvation and disease in front of their eyes. Some held on to their sibling’s hand; other went on this journey alone.
We arrived in Israel in 1943: 713 children with the life experience of adults marched directly into the Jewish Settlement’s armed struggle against the British, and the subsequent War of Independence.
Your work is worthy of special recognition in view of the misleading publications concerning this affair in various media. Here are two that I recently encountered:
- Yediot Aharonot – “His mother immigrated to Israel with the Children of Teheran, the orphans who were smuggled from Poland to the Soviet Union during WWII, and were brought to Israel through Iran.”
Jerusalem Post – “The case deals with the plight of the so-called Teheran Children, a group of 1,200 mostly orphaned Jewish children, smuggled from Poland to Palestine via Teheran in 1943.”
This says it all.
Therefore, I once again extend my gratitude and appreciation,