Tehran Children: On the Trail of WWII Refugees in Central Asia and the Middle East


Friday, November 6, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Zoom (RSVP Required)

Beginning in September 1941 and throughout the war, Central Asia and Iran became places of refuge to hundreds of thousands of Jewish and Catholic Polish citizens.

Mikhal Dekel, whose father was a child refugee in Tehran, will recount the research and writing process of this epic, yet relatively unknown Holocaust story, told in her new book Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey.

She will discuss the circumstances that brought her father and hundreds of thousands of others from Poland to the Soviet interior, Central Asia, Iran, India and Palestine, and talk about the refugees’ experiences in each locale, and the mutual impact of refugees and host countries on each other.

Speaker: Mikhal Dekel
Professor and Director of the Rifkind Center for the Humanities and Arts, City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Chair: Derek J. Penslar
William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Harvard University


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