In The Lion's Shadow


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Last year we reviewed this book in hardback format on Rear Party and I gave a link to it on ARRSE. It has now been released in paperback. To read the review go here: In The Lion's Shadow

In the Lion’s Shadow: The Iranian Schindler and His Homeland in the Second World War
Fariborz Mokhtari
To be released Monday 4th March at £9.99
Paperback ISBN: 978075248638-3
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‘Astonishing.’ The Daily Mail

After the invasion of France in 1940 a junior Iranian diplomat, the aristocratic Abdol-Hossein Sardari, more or less accidentally found himself in charge of Iran’s legation in Paris. He set about cultivating German and Vichy officials in order to protect the Iranian Jewish community in the country. In a dangerous but brilliant manoeuvre he met the absurd racial purity laws head-on to claim that despite the fact that some Iranians had followed the teachings of Moses for thousands of years, they had always been of Iranian stock and therefore were ‘Mosaique’ not ‘Juden’.

Alongside the dramatic, not to say romantic narrative of Sardari’s life (he refused to abandon the Iranian Jews in France even when recalled by his government and continued without pay) is the larger picture of the betrayal of Iran’s neutrality by the Allies, then the eventual handing over of Axis diplomats and citizens to the Soviets ‘to be interrogated severely’. Author Dr Mokhtari argues that contrary to constant accusations Iran did not favour the Nazis and he employs previously unpublished archival documents to bolster that argument. This is the story of a man who to the uninformed may look to be one of the most unlikely of ‘the Righteous’ in his background and religion – but as the author shows, he represents the true, tolerant Iranian culture that is still alive today, despite the expressions and actions of the current repressive regime.

· Includes the Nazi official correspondence seeking ‘expert opinion’ on this troublesome argument.
· Shows the bravery, intelligence and outright cunning of Sardari who saved many Jewish lives in France.
· Acutely, painfully relevant to the Middle East today and in particular to Iranian-Israeli relations

Dr Fariborz Mokhtari was born in Iran. He was a Professor of Political Science at Norwich University in Vermont, USA before joining the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington DC in 2002. He has written numerous articles and policy documents, including ‘Dealing with Al-Qaeda’, American Foreign Policy Interests, March-April 2010, and Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Coalition Warfare, ed. (NDU Press). He lives in Washington DC.
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