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Iranian History in WWII

The influence of Germany was so evident in the name-change of Iran that the French newspaper, Echo de Paris in its February 10th, 1935 issue, claimed the whole idea to be initiated by Hitler himself.Iran would have it's name changed from "Persia" the Greek name that most of the West has come to know this land as.Hitler himself advocated that it be "Iran" meaning "Land of the Aryans".The name Persians have called Iran for the past 7,000 years.

Invasion of Iran.

British and Soviet troops invaded Iran on 25 August 1941. At the time, and for many years afterward, the main reason given for this was that German influence in Iran at the start of World War II was pronounced. Reza Shah Pahlavi's reliance on German technology for his ambitious development plans worried the Allies, who feared the Germans and the Iranians would mount a offensive deep into Soviet territory to free the beligered Wehrmacht units and push ever deeper into British controlled India and capture the Suez canal and Arab oil fields.This would of undoubtedly turned the war to the Axis side.

As the first glimmer of dawn lit the misty horizon on the morning of August 25, 1941, the HMS Shoreham trained her forward gun battery on the Iranian warship Palang, which was moored peacefully at an Abadan pier. A moment later, a shell slammed into the Palang, the explosion engulfing the vessel in a ball of fire and smoke. As the listing warship settled into the river mud, British and Soviet armies stormed across Iran's borders-commencing perhaps the most dramatic and controversial untold episode of World War II.

Attacked without provocation, neutral Iran suffered her own "Pearl Harbor" three months prior to the United States' more famous Day of Infamy. Iran's army was crushed, her monarch was overthrown, the beleaguered Red Army was saved from defeat, a German conquest of the Soviet Russia was thwarted.

Churchill viewed the issue as a simple choice: thwarting Nazi world conquest versus scrupulously observing international convention... The Prime Minister knew that he would require at least the tacit approval of President Franklin D. Roosevelt before attacking Iran. Roosevelt could have invoked U.S. moral authority and economic power to avert the Allied invasion. But instead, his administration stood by passively, brushing aside desperate Iranian pleas until it was too late. Moreover, Roosevelt even secretly approved the plans against Iran, only to later publicly deny any knowledge of British intentions.

British Civil Servant of the Indian Office, was assigned to accompany Reza Shah into exile after his abdication in 1941.
Reza Shah abdicated in September 1941 and three years later he died as an exile on July 26, 1944, in Johannesburg,South Africa.


The German-Iranian Alliance

The Political Department of the NADPA in Berlin, the very year (1933) Hitler took power the Nazis began to publish a racist magazine titled lran-e Bastan (The Ancient Iran). The journal was financed by Siemens-Schukken and a pro-Nazi Iranian intellectuals.

Thus the Nazis found a favorable climate amongst the lranian elite to spread Nazi propaganda, advocating the common Aryan ancestry of 'the two Nations.' In 1936 then, the Reich Cabinet issued a special decree exempting Iranians from the restrictions of the Nuremberg Racial Laws on the grounds that they were 'pure blooded Aryans'

In 1939, the Nazis provided Persians with what they called a German Scientific Library. The library contained over 7.500 books carefully selected "to convince lranian readers...of the kinship between the National Socialist Reich and the Aryan culture of Iran In various pro-Nazi publications, lectures, speeches, and ceremonies, parallels were drawn between the Shah of Iran and Hitler, and praise the charisma and virtue of the Fuhrerprinzip.

Regarding the Nazi symbol of the swastika, the journal wrote in issue 28, Mordad,1933: It is truly rejoicing to see that the symbol of Iran from 2000 years before Christ has today become a symbol of pride for the Germans, who are of one race and ethnicity with us.

In 1936, Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, the German Finance Minister and President of the Reichbank paid a visit to Reza Shah. A year after, the speaker of Iranian Majlis, Hasan Esfandiari, visited Berlin and was cordially received by Hitler. Goring, Schacht and other Nazi Party members.


German scientist studied extensively the formation and flourishing of various cultures in the region, a new ethnographic development took place in the Iranian Plateau, and it was the arrival of waves of nomadic groups to the plateau who later came to be known as 'Indo-Europeans.' There is no uniform consensus on the exact points of origination and departure of these nomadic groups. While some have identified their origins in India, others have cited such places as Central Asia, Southem Russia, Caucasia, and so on.
Modern Indo-Europeans are the inhabitants of Europe Armenia Iran and Russia.

We must never forget that the Persians, the Iranian Nation, as an Aryan Nation, stood with the German people, the best of the true Aryans in World War II.

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Added: Oct-6-2007 
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