Voices of a Massacre

Pages: 480
Subject: History, Middle East
Imprint: Oneworld

Voices of a Massacre

Untold Stories of Life and Death in Iran, 1988

Foreword by Angela Davis
Eyewitness accounts reveal how the Iranian state secretly executed thousands of political prisoners, some of whom had been slated for release, in the summer of 1988
9781786077776 (2 Jul 2020)
RRP £30.00 / US$40.00

The Book

In July 1988, the Islamic Republic of Iran agreed to bring an end to the brutal eight-year war with Iraq. Over the next two months, under the orders of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, political prisoners around the country were secretly brought before a tribunal panel that would later become known as the death commission. They were not told what was happening and did not know that one ‘wrong' answer concerning their faith or political affiliation would send them straight to the gallows.

Thousands of men and women were condemned to death, many buried in mass graves in Khavaran Cemetery.

Through eyewitness accounts of survivors, research by scholars and memories of children and spouses of the deceased, Voices of a Massacre reconstructs the events of that bloody summer. Over thirty years later, the Iranian government has still not officially acknowledged that they ever took place.

Additional Information

Subject History, Middle East
Pages 480
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Nasser Mohajer is a writer and researcher of contemporary Iranian history. He has lived and worked in France since 1983, frequently collaborating with other leftist Iranians in exile on addressing political, social and cultural issues. He has edited and published numerous books about the experiences of the Iranian diaspora and the prisons of the Islamic Republic.