Olya's Story

A Survivor's Personal and Dramatic Account of the Persecution of Baha'is in Revolutionary Iran

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About The Book

It was a time of house burnings, mob violence, kidnapping, mass imprisonment, torture, endless trials, summary executions and secret burials. This was Iran in the early 1980s, and everyday reality for the Baha'is, Iran's largest religious minority. Headlines across America screamed out the story, Congress passed motions, President Reagan appealed to Iran. This detailed, eye-witness account of the persecution of Iran's largest religious minority in the 1980s is the story of one woman's experiences at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionaries. Amid the escalating pogrom, Olya Roohizadegan witnessed friends, neighbours and relatives being imprisoned, tortured and executed. For months she visited the prisoners, comforted their relatives, found clothes and shelter for the homeless, and smuggled news and photographs out of Iran to the outside world. And then it was her turn. The book culminates in her dramatic escape from the hangman's rope in a hazardous overland journey to Pakistan and the West.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (November 1, 1994)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781851680733

Raves and Reviews

"A remarkable witness account of the systematic persecution of the Baha'is in Iran"

– Oxford Times

"makes compelling reading"

– The Friend

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