TEHRAN CHILDREN named Chautauqua Institution Prize finalist

SO honored for TEHRAN CHILDREN to be named finalist for the Chautauqua Institution Prize alongside the brilliant works of Imani Perry, Myla Goldberg, Carolyn Forché, Isabella Hammad, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, and Petina Gappah! Honored and humbled 🙏.   https://chq.org/blog/seven-finalists-named-for-2020-chautauqua-prize

Finalist for the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards

At the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards, the longest-run­ning and most prestigious North Amer­i­can awards pro­gram of its kind, Tehran Children is named Finalist in the category of Writing Based on Archival Material.

Could What I Learned of My Father’s Catastrophe Be Useful to Me Now?

by Mikhal Dekel On September 6, 1939, my then twelve-year old father, alongside eleven members of his family, escaped from their hometown in eastern Poland towards the Soviet border. They knew the Wehrmacht was coming. They knew Nazi ideology targeted Jews. They read German papers. Still they hesitated whether to flee or not. Fleeing a …

Next talk at CCNY: migrations & pilgrimages

Looking forward to this conversation with my friend and colleague Lale Can about migrations and pilgrimages in Central Asia & the Middle East. THURSDAY MARCH 19th  5:00 pm CCNY Rifkind Center, in conversation with Lale Can 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031 https://www.facebook.com/events/the-simon-h-rifkind-center/in-conversation-lale-can-and-mikhal-dekel/205385980657710/  

How the JDC aided Jewish Refugees in Iran

This month, the JDC published a review of Tehran Children on their Archives blog, focusing on the role that the JDC played in the lives of refugees like my father in the USSR, Iran, India and Palestine. The JDC, formally known as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was originally founded in 1914 to provide …

Upcoming talk at Yale

Book event Wed. Feb. 12: Tehran Children: Poles & Jews in the USSR & the Middle East, 1939-1947 Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – 5:30pm Whitney Humanities Center 208 53 Wall Street New Haven, CT 06511   https://ypsa.yale.edu/event/tehran-children-poles-jews-ussr-middle-east-1939-1947

Messages from readers

Everyday now I get versions of this email. How cool is it for an academic to be thanked for her research 🙏.   Prof. Dekel, I want to thank you for this book… My grandfather was one of the Tehran Children as well… He was in Turkmenistan, and on the way there one brother was …

Review in the Methodist Recorder

The Methodist Recorder is an independent weekly newspaper published in the U.K. Their review of Tehran Children came out last week. This book is an important part of Holocaust history. A tragic story, full of sadness and suffering yet also hope.