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Olya's Story Paperback – November 1, 1994
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When the Pahlavis left Iran, the streets exploded in jubilation and two weeks later Ayatu'llah Khomeini proclaimed the birth of a new state where all were to be free: "Interrogating people about their beliefs is forbidden. No one can be persecuted or punished purely for holding certain beliefs." Official recognition and freedom to practice their religion, educate their children in their faith and be represented in parliament was extended to Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians but not to Baha'is, although recognized as a separate religion by the United Nations. The belief that a new messenger of God had come to herald the long-awaited regeneration of humanity was considered a wicked heresy just as Christ's proclamation had been 2,000 years earlier.Read more ›
1978. This to me had significance because she expained life in Shiraz, Iran. I lived there for a couple of years
as a child and got out of there about that time with part of my family. I did not even know what Bahai was. I
did not really understand what was going on. Bombs and gunfire could be heard in the distance. I was too
young to really comprehend.
This book is so full of executions and murders it is at first shocking but then just incomprehensible. I am not
native to that country but do not understand why given so many opportunities she didn't leave immediately
and bring everyone she could with her. Trying to reason with people with a fixed mindset who are violent
is really dangerous. I would have put my three year old, husband and grown sons in a higher priority.
I just don't understand the obsessive part of religious beliefs. This frustrated me. I spent a lot of this book
thinking - get out of there. My family was divided doing just that. I don't understand resigning yourself to
suffer attrocities to prove how deeply you believe in your religion. The martyr aspect simply escapes me.
I felt sorrow for the three year old boy who was lost without his mother and confused when she was standing
her ground on her religious beliefs in prison.
I am really sorry for what all of those people went through. I am however a big fan of running away from
a bad situation when it is really the right moment. I am grateful for the account of what went on. It really
clarified a lot for me. I am glad I left when I did. This is a good account of what happened after I left.
I wish the author left as I did. You can uphold your religious beliefs in other countries other than Iran.
For me standing your ground under those circumstances is all too high a price to pay.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In Dec 1978 a terrible incident happened in Sa'adi district of Shiraz.
It is strange that the Author makes no mention of it in her book. Read more
This is the BEST book I have ever read! So emotional! So touching! So truly courageous! Every time I open the book, no matter what page I begin on, I want to keep going! Read morePublished on March 28, 2007 by cerulean
This book is a survivor's shocking account of the persecution of the 350 000 strong Bahai faith in Iran. Read morePublished on February 11, 2007 by Gary Selikow