VOA’s OFOGH: Abbas Milani & Majid Tafreshi On Iran’s Demands For WW2 Reparations


VOA’s OFOGH: Abbas Milani & Majid Tafreshi On Iran’s Demands For WW2 Reparations
by Darius Kadivar

Iran President orders a team to calculate all damages inflicted on Iran in the 1941 Allied invasion. Siamak Dehghanpour Hosts debate with historians Abbas Milani and Majid Tafreshi.

« Iran suffered immensely after it was invaded by the Allies during World War II and deserves reparations, » Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a live broadcast on state television Saturday. The hard line Iranian President has ordered the formation of a team to study the damages the country suffered from the 1941 Allied invasion in order to demand compensation. Ahmadinejad also warned that Iran may also demand compensation for the damages it suffered during World War I, the Western support for the former Pahlavi Dynasty and its hostility towards Iran since the1979 Islamic revolution.

VOA’s OFOGH : Siamak Dehghanpour Hosts Abbas Milani and Majid Tafreshi On Iran’s Demands WW2 Reparations

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World Leaders Meet In Iran (1943)

Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt meet in the capital ofIran to decide the future of the world.






British News Reel Shows Polish Refugees Arrive in Iran :

During the World War 2 , After the German Nazi occupied Poland , thousands of Poles including Jews escaped Poland to take refuge in Iran. Many also Fled the Soviets and their pogroms and political witch hunts. This is a historical film of their journey.

Fascinating footage shows 350 Polish refugees bidding goodbye to their friendsand relatives and leave Tehran for Palestine at the Tehran railroad station.(March 27, 1944)




200 Iranian Deaths Vs 62,171,400 Deaths worldwide



World War II one of the bloodiest conflicts in Human History : Over 60 million people were killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population. The tables below givea detailed country-by-country count of human losses. According to estimates Iran Lost approximately 200 lives in a total population of 14,340,000 directly linkedto warfare (probably in the early hours of the allied invasion of Iran due toIran’s vain military resistance).

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Some nations in World War II suffered disproportionally more casualties thanothers. This is especially true regarding civilian casualties.The following chart gives data on the number of dead for each country, alongwith population information to show the relative impact of losses. Militaryfigures include battle deaths( KIA) and personnel missing in action (MIA), as well as fatalities due to accidents,disease and deaths of prisoners of warin captivity. Civilian casualties include deaths caused by strategic bombing, Holocaust victims, Japanese war crimes,population transfers in the Soviet Union, other War Crimes and deaths due towar related famine and disease. Compiling or estimating the numbers of deaths caused during warsand other violent conflicts is a controversial subject. Historians often put forward many different estimates ofthe numbers killed during World War II.[9] The distinction between military and civilian casualties caused directly by warfare and collateral damage is not always clear cut. For nations that suffered huge losses such as the U.S.S.R.,China, Poland, Germany and Yugoslavia, our sources can give us only the total estimated population loss caused by the war and a rough estimate of thebreakdown of deaths caused by military activity, crimes against humanity and war related famine. The footnotes give a detailed breakdown of the casualties and their sources, including dataon the number of wounded where reliable sources are available.


Charles Aznavour’s Music Score from Soviet Era Movie Tehran ’43:

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pictory:"Poles Flee To Persia", WWII News Reel (1943)

Photo Restoration: Shah, Stalin Molotov at Tehran Conference (1943)

pictory: Soviet Propaganda Film - Iran, Tabriz 1945-46

Recommended Readings:

Ahmadinejad demands WWII reparations from Allied powers (Associated Press)

Tehran Will Demand War Reparations at Suitable Time (Iran Daily)

Ahmaninejad sets up international conference in Tehran to establish the Truth on the Holocaust by Robert TAIT (Guardian)

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Banalization of history By Darius KADIVAR

Esther's Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews by Houman Sarshar

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