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In the Lion's Shadow: The Iranian Schindler and His Homeland in the Second World War Hardcover – 1 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752463705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752463704
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,035,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Islamic envoy saved thousands of Iranian Jews in wartime Paris, risking all to help compatriots escape the Nazis. The book includes archives of Nazi correspondence. Sardari neither sought nor received much recognition for his efforts in his lifetime and died alone in a bedsit in Croydon, south London in 1981. --The Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Dr Fariborz Mokhtari was born in Iran. He was a Professor of Political Science at Norwich University in Vermont, USA before joining the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington DC in 2002. He has written numerous articles and policy documents, including Dealing with Al-Qaeda , American Foreign Policy Interests, March-April 2010, and Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Coalition Warfare, ed. (NDU Press). He lives in Washington DC

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This tale is astounding, what courange this man showed defying all autorities, boundries to save his countrymen and woman. Such stories are inspirational, motivating and very moving. How ironic it is that this man, without aspiring any recognition, award or fame, saved thousands of fellow iranian jews from the clutches of Nazi'z during the war, but the present iranian leaders are spitting hatred and ill feelings all the time. I recommend Mr Ahmednijad to read this book first and learn some lessons out of it.
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In the current era of anti-Semitic soundbites from Iran's president and ruling elite regarding Israel, Holocaust denial, Jewish `machinations', etc. it would be easy for a layperson (such as myself) to subconsciously think that these sentiments prevail amongst the wider Iranian community and might have some sort of longstanding roots in Iranian history. Not so; this book works to dispel such myths through its thorough and heartfelt depiction of an Iranian diplomat who, left in Paris after the German occupation of France in WWII, saved the lives and properties of hundreds of Jewish families from the Nazis and their collaborators. He persists in his efforts throughout the War, even without diplomatic immunity and at risk to his own safety--supported at times by his own money and skilful legal wrangling (that used the twisted Nazi logic and history propaganda against itself!) But overall, he was supported by his conviction to, in his own way, fight the injustice he saw around him.

Although Sardari saved many lives, he remains relatively unknown and died alone in a bedsit in South London with little to his name after he lost his pension and properties in the Iranian Revolution. Despite this tragic ending, the book is an inspiring example of what is possible when humanity and compassion prevails over evil, and the impact that even one courageous person can have on the lives of many.
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This topic has the potential to produce a good, if not a great, book. Unfortunately this isn't it. In the Lion's Shadow is simply too scattered with only a semi-consistent theme and is almost as much about Reza Shah's supposed role in the rise of Iran as a nation in the run up to WWII. The author is clearly very pro Reza Shah which I have no problem with but then again this book is advertised to be the story of Sardari.
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F. Mokhtari has written a very interesting book with a lot of information about Iranian history from 1921-1945, it's relationship with Germany, Britain and Russia in that era and the life of Iranian Jews. The topic of the book is the great initiative of Sardari to save Iranian and non-Iranian Jews in France after the German occupation. However one might lose the focus as the author jumps from Sardari to the Jewish family Morady and then to Reza Shah, which might be a bit confusing. Furthermore one would hope to receive more information about Sardari's life, his efforts in 1941-1945 and his development after WWII.
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