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First Holocaust History in Farsi Published for Iranians

A Jewish American-Iranian has decided to publish the first history of the Holocaust in Farsi for Iranians, to counter Holocaust denial.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 10/2/2012, 3:50 PM

Iranian President Ahmadinejad l
Iranian President Ahmadinejad l
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While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to deny the Holocaust, lending his anti-Semitic rhetoric to the already reprehensible trend, a 65-year-old man from Orange County, Calif., has decided to write a four-volume book in Farsi, in an attempt to reveal the truths and indisputable facts of the time in a language which, thus far, has virtually no record of them.

Ari Babaknia’s book entitled “Holocaust,” which he eventually hopes will be available free of charge within the borders of Iran, will enable Iranians to access information about systematic slaughter of the Jewish people that occured at the hands of Nazis.

“It is not enough to sell this book," said Babaknia, a Jew who went to medical school in Iran in the 1970s and is now is a fertility specialist in Newport Beach, California. "The power and reach of the Internet is where the real impact of this book will be.”

“I want the entire young Persian-speaking world who have access to the Internet to have the ability to download it, read it and research it,” he said, according to Fox news.

When Babaknia began researching his subject 15 years ago, he was surprised to learn that there was no Holocaust material available in Farsi.

Not only was there no description of the Holocaust, there was little historical context for the younger generation of Iranians to learn about the mid-20th century events that shaped the world.

“I wanted to know where the rest of the world was," Babaknia said, according to Fox. "Where was Churchill? Where was Roosevelt? What was the reason for world leaders to be indifferent?” 

After all, he said, “forgetting the Holocaust is repeating the Holocaust."

Babaknia's book is self-published through the Memorah Foundation, together with Washington-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.

His plan could encounter difficulties, however, as Tehran has announced plans to create an Internet controlled exclusively by the government.

"What happens with the Internet over there is beyond my control, but you cannot suppress humanity forever," he said.

The four volumes are currently available through Amazon and the websites HolocaustinFarsi.com and Memorah.com. He is also traveling the country for book signings and speaking engagements.