Everyday now I get versions of this email.
How cool is it for an academic to be thanked for her research 🙏.
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 tragically lost in a Soviet train station. I always wondered how it was that he could have gone missing… I now know from your descriptions of the desperate hunger during those journeys, and lack of train schedules that he likely left to try and find food and for reasons that will remain a mystery, never made it back…
I really appreciate the time and effort it took to research and write this book. I feel that by reading it I have a much clearer understanding of my grandfather’s experience as a boy and young man, and that means so much to me!