Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari reads from his critically acclaimed recent book, In the Lion's Shadow: The Iranian Schindler and his Homeland in the Second World War.
Dr. Mokhtari’s book was originally published in 2011, yet has been republished twice since. An Iranian diplomat in Paris representing his country's neutrality in WWII and his nation's culture of tolerance, he utilized his office, diplomatic influence, legal skill and creative wit to save hundreds of Jewish families during the German occupation of France. The Allied invasion and occupation of Iran in 1941 cost him his diplomatic immunity and status, but he continued his efforts. Even after Iran declared war on Germany and its new government ordered his return, he remained in Paris to help his fellow Iranians and their non-Iranian relatives, friends and associates at great risk to himself and his career. The book reflects Dr. Mokhtari's commitment and his nation's sentiment and the treatment Iran and Iranians received under the Allied occupation. The book was republished in paperback form in the United States in April 2012. Dr. Mokhtari will attend Tirgan 2015 to discuss his masterful book, to be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.
Dr. Mokhtari recieved his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1983 and has taught International Relations, Public Policy Administration, Political Economy, and Political Philosophy at various universities since. After having taught at Norwich University in Vermont and later joining the faculty of National Defense University in Washington DC, he recently joined the University of Vermont as a professor of political science. His latest project is a search for a stable security arrangement in the Middle East. The objective is an inclusive alignment to facilitate security for all, rather than security for some vis-a-vis insecurity (real or perceived) for others. His latest book is, In the Lion's Shadow: The Iranian Schindler and his homeland in the Second World War (London: The History Press, 2011). The book was republished in the United States in 2012 and its third edition appeared for European distribution on March 4, 2013.