History of Abdol Hossein Sardari – Iranian Schindler
Abdol Hossein Sardari was an Iranian diplomat in France in 1941 who saved the lives of many Jews during the holocaust. Sardari was also called as “Iranian Schindler”.
After the German invasion of Paris in 1940 under the command of Adolf Hitler, several Iranian Jews in Paris were in imminent danger. Sardari, being a non-Jewish Persian was deemed to be an ‘Aryan’ according to Nazi ideology and was immune from persecution, however Sardari couldn’t stand and wait to see his fellow countrymen being persecuted.
Sardari pleaded to the Nazi Regime to leave the Iranian Jews be and let them return to Iran. After several pleas the Nazis agreed that Jews of Iranian origins could return back to Iran.
Photo of Abdol Hossein Sardari’s Jewish friend, Ibrahim Morady, who assisted with the Jewish rescue effort, and his wife. (Courtesy Mahdieh Zare Zardiny)
This was a huge success for Sardari. But he didn’t stop there instead he began issuing hundreds of Iranian passports for non-Iranian Jews as well, to protect them from the hands of the Nazis.
The Iranians who got their passports would beseech Sardari to issue passports for their non-Iranian friends, spouses, and colleagues. In hopes of protecting them from persecution, Sardari issued passports and signed affidavits for as many Iranian and non-Iranian Jews as he could.
Charged with Misappropriation & Death Enigma
Sardari utilized Iranian travel papers to help other people leave Europe, however particularly all Iranian residents. After the war he kept on filling in as a representative. Unexpectedly in 1952 he was accused of misappropriation, for giving such a significant number of identifications to Jews.
It took him three years to demonstrate his innocence. At the point when the Iranian government was ousted in 1978 by the Ayatollah, he lost nearly everything, including his annuity. He kicked the bucket devastated in Paris three years after the fact.
This generally obscure act of heroism is the subject of another documentary, “Sardari’s Enigma,” produced and directed by Iranian film maker Mahdieh zare Zardiny. The film made its US debut at a screening at Georgetown University on April 26, 2017.
This movie is not as popular as Schindler’s list, but it has a IMDB rating of 9.1.
The ‘Iranian Schindler’ who saved Jews from the Nazis. He is also one of real hero who saved many lives.