Qasemi, Mehdi Baradaran

Oral History Interview

Gholam Reza Afkhami
Washington, D.C.
March 26, 1984
51pp. + summary + biographical note + index
Interviewee Details
Journalist, Writer, and Political Activist; Senior Advisor to Minister of Information and Tourism; Senior Manager at Radio Iran, 1967-1977; Editor, Andisheh-ha-ye Rastakhiz, 1977-1978.
Family background and early political socialization; joining the Tudeh Party; Party's structure and method of recruitment; relations between the Tudeh Party and the government between 1941 and 1945; Tudeh Party's appeal to the youth; internal ideological divisions within the Tudeh Party; intellectual and political climate within the Tudeh Party; role of the intellectuals in the Party; Tudeh Party and the Azarbayjan Crisis of 1945-46; on Khalil Maleki and the balance-sheet of his activities; relations between Tudeh Party and the National Front; on the Tudeh Party cells within the military; on Nureddin Kiyanuri and his leadership of the Party; on Mozaffar Firuz and Ahmad Qavam; government reaction to Tudeh Party's activities; recollections of imprisonment as a Tudeh activist; on the mode of operation of the Tudeh Party; on the deaths of Lankarani and Ghaffari; on Fereydun Keshavarz's recent polemic against the Tudeh Party; reasons for leaving the Party; on the government's decision to coopt former Tudeh activists; recollections of employment at the Ministry of Information and Tourism, and Radio Iran; recollections of Nosratollah Mo`iniyan and General Hasan Pakravan; reminiscences of participation in drawing up the constitution of the Rastakhiz Party; on the causes of the Revolution of 1978-79.

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