Varahram, General Karim

Oral History Interview

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
Silver Spring, Maryland
August 9, 1989
26pp. + summary + biographical note + index + photograph
Interviewee Details
Army Officer; Commander of Azarbayjan Army Corps, 1954-1960; Governor of Fars, 1962-1963; Senator, 1963-1979.
Recollections of the formative years of the Iranian armed forces; recollections of Reza Shah, his leadership style, and his relations with the armed forces; fate of the Iranian army during the allied occupation of Iran; on the Azarbayjan crisis of 1945-46; recollections of service in Azarbayjan during the Soviet occupation and the formation of the Pishevari government; on the structure and mode of operation of the Iranian armed forces; recollection of the various leaders of the armed forces, and political leaders of Iran; on the relations between Iran and Iraq following Colonel Qasem's military coup of 1958; impact of the events of 1963-64 in Fars; recollections of the Senate and assessment of its role in the politics of Iran in the 1970s; on the Shah and impressions of a meeting with him in 1978.

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