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The 'Iranian Schindler' who saved Jews from the Nazis


Eliane Senahi Cohanim was seven years old when she fled France with her family.

She remembers clutching her favourite doll and lying as still as she could, pretending to be asleep, whenever their train came to a halt at a Nazi checkpoint.

"I remember everywhere, when we were running away, they would ask for our passports, and I remember my father would hand them the passports and they would look at them. And then they would look at us. It was scary. It was very, very scary."

Mrs Cohanim and her family were part of a small, close-knit community of Iranian Jews living in and around Paris.

Her father, George Senahi, was a prosperous textile merchant and the family lived in a large, comfortable house in Montmorency, about 25km (15.5 miles) north of the French capital.


When the Nazis invaded, the Senahis attempted to escape to Tehran, hiding for a while in the French countryside, before being forced to return to Paris, now in the full grip of the Gestapo.


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The Iranians risked their live to safe Jews... - As a thank you the Jews are going to destroy Iran and kill as many Iranians as possible. This comes out if you serve the Jews!!! By the way, I made a similar experience. What should we learn from it: Never serve the Jews! They will just break your neck in return!!!!

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