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The story of one Baha'i woman's experiences at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionaries in the 1980s. Amid the escalating program she witnessed friends, neighbours and relatives being imprisoned, tortured and executed. She visited prisoners, comforted relatives and then it was her turn. A moving story of one woman's experiences at the hands of Iranian revolutionaries. A tri The story of one Baha'i woman's experiences at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionaries in the 1980s. Amid the escalating program she witnessed friends, neighbours and relatives being imprisoned, tortured and executed. She visited prisoners, comforted relatives and then it was her turn. A moving story of one woman's experiences at the hands of Iranian revolutionaries. A triumphant example of faith, humor, courage and love.


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The story of one Baha'i woman's experiences at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionaries in the 1980s. Amid the escalating program she witnessed friends, neighbours and relatives being imprisoned, tortured and executed. She visited prisoners, comforted relatives and then it was her turn. A moving story of one woman's experiences at the hands of Iranian revolutionaries. A tri The story of one Baha'i woman's experiences at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionaries in the 1980s. Amid the escalating program she witnessed friends, neighbours and relatives being imprisoned, tortured and executed. She visited prisoners, comforted relatives and then it was her turn. A moving story of one woman's experiences at the hands of Iranian revolutionaries. A triumphant example of faith, humor, courage and love.

30 review for Olya's Story: A Survivor's Personal and Dramatic Account of the Persecution of Baha'is in Revolutionary Iran

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    This book is a survivor's shocking account of the persecution of the 350 000 strong Bahai faith in Iran. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, which saw the destruction of Bahai's holiest site in Iran, the House of Bab in Shiraz, there has been violent and sytematic persecution of the Bahais by Iran's radical revolutionary regime. The Bahais are being persecuted soley for reasons of religious prejudices. Thousands of Bahai holy sites, community centres, homes and businesses have been destoyed by Iran' This book is a survivor's shocking account of the persecution of the 350 000 strong Bahai faith in Iran. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, which saw the destruction of Bahai's holiest site in Iran, the House of Bab in Shiraz, there has been violent and sytematic persecution of the Bahais by Iran's radical revolutionary regime. The Bahais are being persecuted soley for reasons of religious prejudices. Thousands of Bahai holy sites, community centres, homes and businesses have been destoyed by Iran's revolutionary guards and over 200 Bahais have been murdered and executed. Olya Roohizadegan was imprisoned for her faith, and subjected to intense physical and mental torture, to try to force her to renounce her religion. She remained loyal to her faith and survived. In prison, she formed friendships with ten women and girls who had been arrested for teaching Bahai faith clases to children. They were all executed. Olya and her family were released and escaped to the USA were she countinues to try to alert the world of the plight of Iran's Bahais. But is anybody listening? The persecution of the Bahais continues in Iran, and few in the world have taken up their cause or protested the abuses by Iran's Islamo-Nazi regime.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sassan

    As an Iranian and non-Bahai - Olya's story was truly a story that touched my heart and my mind. I always knew about the persecution and oppression of Bahai's inside of Iran; but Olya's story goes a step further and explains the details and harrowing tales of the oppression, summary executions, and terror inflicted upon the Bahai people and Bahai community inside of Iran through a tyrannical and fanatical terrorist regime. I highly recommend this book for everyone. It is a good read and more impo As an Iranian and non-Bahai - Olya's story was truly a story that touched my heart and my mind. I always knew about the persecution and oppression of Bahai's inside of Iran; but Olya's story goes a step further and explains the details and harrowing tales of the oppression, summary executions, and terror inflicted upon the Bahai people and Bahai community inside of Iran through a tyrannical and fanatical terrorist regime. I highly recommend this book for everyone. It is a good read and more importantly, it helps one truly understand the true horror and terror inflicted upon Bahai's inside of the Islamic Republic.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nabil

    Olya's Story is a book about the authors experiances being a Baha'i in Iran. At the time she was there, there were many persecutions against Baha'is. It really brings to light the terrible things that were happening to the Baha'is in Iran. It's a sad book, but it is extremly informational and inspirational. It also is very exciting, recounting the details of many of her fellow prisoners and her torture and escape from Iran. Overall, it is an amzing book, and I would suggest it to anyone who want Olya's Story is a book about the authors experiances being a Baha'i in Iran. At the time she was there, there were many persecutions against Baha'is. It really brings to light the terrible things that were happening to the Baha'is in Iran. It's a sad book, but it is extremly informational and inspirational. It also is very exciting, recounting the details of many of her fellow prisoners and her torture and escape from Iran. Overall, it is an amzing book, and I would suggest it to anyone who wants a educational and compelling read that is non-fiction but fun.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leila T.

    I read this book about fifteen years ago, so my memory is hazy, but I have a recollection of lots of inspiration and tears. And then Olya herself has become a family friend, one of the loveliest and funniest (Iranian) women I've ever met. In fact, not only does she call her own son "The Faz", but she also offered to [re:]do my hair for me when I had dreadlocks. I should probably read this again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    This was such a difficult book to read, and at the same time so inspiring. I am haunted by the atrocities visited upon the members of the Baha'i Faith during the time of the Iranian Revolution. In spite of gross injustices, they chose not to retaliate, nor to see themselves as victims, but instead believed themselves to be honored to sacrifice for the benefit of all mankind.

  6. 5 out of 5

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