daily heller 1-30-14

Polish Refugees in Iran

Almost half a century after World War II, in an abandoned and dust-filled storage shed beside an old photography studio in Esfahan, Iran, Parisa Damandan found a unique collection of stunning Diane Arbus-esque photographs by Abolqasem Jala that are reminders of war in general and World War II’s human displacement. Four years ago, a book of these discoveries, The Children of Esfahan, published in Tehran, were covered in a book about Polish refugees in Iran during the World War II (1942-1945). The following is the book’s introduction by Damandan.