The Guardian, New Reviews section
The Jewish Children who found Refuge in Iran
By Saskia Baron
Dec 1, 2019
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 to meet inflamed nativism and the desire to shift responsibility for their fate from one country on to the next.
New York Times Book Review
Escaping the Nazis by Way of Iran
By Jonathan Brent
Oct. 9, 2019
. . . not simply another detail of the Holocaust but a matter of enduring existential, psychological and moral reflection.
From Poland To The USSR To Iran To Israel: A Holocaust Story
By Julia M. Klein October 14, 2019
. . . a skillfully wrought bridge between past and present that raises critical questions about both.
A starred review of Tehran Children by Dan Kaplan appeared in October 15 issue:
The backstory about how Dekel, now a professor of comparative literature in the U.S., began researching this project with an Iranian colleague, adds an interesting personal aspect to this work of excellent scholarship and a harrowing history illuminating both the specifics of the past and the universal aspects of the refugee experience.