SOME PERSONAL FAMILY HISTORY & PICTURES:
(prepared by Maziar Behrooz)
This is a work in progress. Few years ago I decided to
trace my family history as far back as possible. As an historian I found this to
be appropriate and exciting. But I have not been able to go back further
than the middle of the nineteenth century on either side of my family.
This is of course a personal project but it is also a view into lives who may otherwise
never "register" in "history." Lives of people, some of whom I personally
knew, but all of whom were related to me and had a role in shaping my
life. At the same time they were all members of a much larger human
society. People who loved and made love, worked, raised family, got old
and...! The work is not complete but below you can see a glimpse of a much more detailed
history, including pictures of people living and long gone.
This is a picture of my grandmother's old telephone. Her name was Seddiqeh
Seddiqi-Nozari (Behrooz). She did not live long (1908-70/1290-1348 H.S) and died
at 62. She had schooling up to sixth grade and was a great teller
of stories. I was the first son of her first son and we had a very close
relationship. She produced short and long stories on my demand as
well as quality chocolate whenever we met. When we could not meet,
we spent hours talking on phone where she would tell me stories using
this very telephone. The telephone is German made and in mint condition
with Persian/Arabic as well as Latin numbers. It is in my possession now
and is a reminder of her brief, gentle presence in my life.
And here she is, at a tender young age, before and after marriage. She
was a beauty.
The Khosravi family (my mother's side) Turkish
speaking Azaris from Ardabil region who had migrated to Baku where my mother was
born. Their family name in Russia was Ghaffarov but they had to change it
upon expulsion from the USSR in 1929 and entering Iran. Iranian
authorities did not like Russian sounding names.
Photo (below) was taken in Baku, Azarbaijan SSR, before the
family's arrival in Iran (1929) without my grandfather who was expelled
already. Standing left to right:
(1919-1936/1297-1315 H.S.) my older uncle who died at the age of
Agha Baji (1909-2002) my older aunt who was the
real head of the household after the family's arrival in Iran and passed
away at the age of 92.
Taqi (1921-1968) my uncle who passed away at the
age of forty seven.
Seated left to right: Khadijeh (1895-1953)
grandmother I never met holding my mother Sara. Next is my youngest uncle Khosrow (1927-2015) and my other aunt Sorayya
Below (right): Rahman Khosravi-Azarbaijani (Ghaffarov-1880-1943) grandfather I never met.
The photo's date is in 1910s.