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I am working on a book about refugee Jews in Soviet Central Asia, Iran, and India during World War II. My parents were in Teheran during the war and my mother worked for the JOINT relief operation that supported the Teheran Children as well as Polish Jews in Central Asia. So I am very interested in seeing the film and the story in general.
Atina Grossmann, Professor of History, Cooper Union
Actually a Polish colleague of mine who has been teaching in Berlin and now just started at Columbia, Malgorzata Mazurek. Of course you can put my letter on your website -- who knows maybe it will even turn up some people who remember my mother (her name was Erika Busse then) and/or my father (who,however, left Teheran in summer of 1941, trying to get to US, but was interned by British in India as enemy alien until after end of the war -- that is a whole other story!) I'm still in the midst of my Teheran research; I have lots of material from my parents that I still need to wade through. Very happy to be in touch with you. I will order the film as soon as I am back in States, am briefly in Berlin. I also -- just for your interest -- attaching an article that will soon appear in the journal New German Critique. Some of the information in the article is already "out of date" -- as I write, this topic is such a moving target and it seems that numbers and interpretations and facts are changing almost daily (including the number of "Teheran Children." I was very very moved by the children's stories collected by Grynberg in Children of Zion; you'll see them quoted in my article. But of course the Teheran Children are only one small part of my research.
Very glad to be in touch with you.
All best, Atina Grossmann