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“In the Lion’s Shadow” Author Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari to Speak at USF Tampa
October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
The Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies (CSDS) at the University of South Florida will host Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari, whose book In the Lion’s Shadow chronicles the dramatic story of a courageous Iranian diplomat who saved thousands of Iranian Jews from the hands of the Nazis during World War II.
The free event, co-sponsored by The Florida Holocaust Museum, will be held October 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Patel Building on the USF Tampa campus, featuring a conversation between Dr. Mohsen Milani, CSDS executive director and professor of political science, and Dr. Mokhtari, a political science professor at the University of Vermont. His work has been featured by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and in the Times of Israel, Haaretz, and the Jewish Chronicle, and in newspapers such as the Washington Post, the Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald.
In the Lions Shadow details the efforts of a junior Iranian diplomat named Abdol-Hossein Sardari, who found himself in charge of Iran’s delegation in Paris, after the Nazi invasion of France. In spite of enormous personal risk, he began cultivating relationships with German and Vichy officials in order to protect France’s Iranian Jews, who would otherwise have faced certain death. The tale of Sardari’s bravery offers an important and inspirational message of hope amid the divisiveness and conflict on today’s world stage.
The book has received high praise, such as this endorsement from Dr. William J. Olson, Distinguished Professor from the National Defense University: “A moving account of the role an Iranian diplomat played in the dark days in Europe during WWII; but the passion in telling the story transforms the work into more.”
This event is free and open to the public in the auditorium of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions.