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.

For Child Refugees, Seeking Historical Answers to Psychological Questions

This week, I spoke with BBC World Service correspondent Celia Hatton about Tehran Children, and we discussed the realities of life as a child refugee historically and today. Here is that segment of the show:   In my book I shared the story of young people fleeing Nazi persecution who ended up in the USSR …

The Guardian newspaper reviews ‘Tehran Children’

This full-page review appeared in The Guardian’s New Review section:   What makes Dekel’s study so valuable is not just its assiduous detailing of one family’s fate during the second world war, but how it also makes us reflect on our current era, with its mass migrations of desperate people fleeing conflict and hardship only …

Author Talks: November 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 The Wiener Holocaust Library 29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 3:00 pm Thursday, November 28, 2019 Oxford University Clarendon Institute OXFORD, ENGLAND 6:00 pm   See Events page for December & beyond

Book Tour: The First 30 Days

Eight decades ago, my father boarded a train in Soviet Union whose destination was Iran. He was a child caught in the cross-currents of global conflict, starving, and his ultimate survival depended on geopolitical alliances, fierce advocacy efforts–and, though it is hard to describe his situation in such a way, luck. That odyssey which began …

When Iran Welcomed Jewish Refugees (Foreign Policy)

In the middle of World War II, Tehran became a haven for both Jewish and Catholic Polish refugees who were welcomed as they arrived from Soviet Central Asia. BY MIKHAL DEKEL FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 19, 2019 In the summer of 1942, Bandar Pahlavi, a sleepy Iranian port town on the Caspian Sea, became a …

History of WWII Podcast

History of World War II Podcast Episode 267 Oct 19, 2019 An interview with Mikhal Dekel about her book, Tehran Children, with Ray Harris Jr. Listen to Podcast  

Tehran Children in New York Times Book Review

Escaping the Nazis by Way of Iran By Jonathan Brent New York Times Book Review, Oct. 9, 2019 . . . not simply another detail of the Holocaust but a matter of enduring existential, psychological and moral reflection. This review of Tehran Children appeared on Yom Kippur 2019. Read article