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Coll 28/107 ‘Persia (Iran) Movements of the ex-Shah.’ [‎102r] (203/361)

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The record is made up of 1 file (178 folios). It was created in 15 Sep 1941-3 Oct 1944. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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With the Compfimants
of the '$*a
• J 4 * ? Jnder Secretary of State INDIA
[ This Documenris the Property of ffis Government, and should be kept
under Lock and Key.]
1 1941
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625.0 b
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Sir R, Bullard I),
No. 1057
^th" October, 1941. R.
Repeated to Foreign New Delhi No.
12.15 p.m.
24th October,
25th October,
My telegram No. 981
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The Shah is concerned about his father, v/hom he seems to
regard as a prisoner on Mauritius, and asks whether he will
be allowed to go to the Argentine, I gave to the Minister
for Foreign Affairs for the Shall a copy of Viceroy's telegram
to the ex-Shah ( Gover nment of India telegram No, 5512)_
and said that thaiTv7as alT~thc infoiviaticn Tadded that
perhaps His Majesty's Government feared that in South
America some members of the Imperial family e.g. the second
son might become instrument of German propaganda.
2. It is typical of this base people that the ex-Shah
is now becoming popular again as the alleged victim of
British cruelty. The myth is being created that we got rid of
the Shah because he defended the independence of Persia and
wanted to modernize the country, whereas we wish to enslave
it and make it ‘'return to camels 5 ’. Pro-German propaganda
probably has a hand in this, but it has arisen partly because
it flatters [grp. undec:?s ihe] Persians to comea re the
ex-Shah with Napoleon and makes them(himj^Tess
ignoble to believe that the ruler who slave£hefrw£qt,for so
long, was a great man. ^
5. What reply should be returned to the Shah?
Perhaps a public statement could be made about the possibility
that he would be the centre of German intrigues if he went to
South America.

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Correspondence concerning the movements of the former Shah of Persia [Iran], Reza Shah Pahlavi, in the wake of his enforced abdication by the British Government in September 1941. The papers cover: arrangements for the removal of Reza Shah from Persia; discussion amongst British officials over where the Shah should be sent into exile, with Mauritius, British East Africa [Kenya], the Seychelles, Canada, and South Africa all discussed; reports of Reza Shah’s departure from the Persian port of Bandar Abbas [Bandar-e ʻAbbās] on 27 September 1941 (ff 85-86, ff 80-82); arrangements for the passage of Reza Shah and his touring party; Reza Shah’s stay in Mauritius, and his opinion of the islands; Reza Shah’s passage to South Africa; the movements of other members of the Persian royal family, including Reza Shah’s wives and children. The file’s principal correspondents are: the British Minister at Tehran, Reader William Bullard; the Foreign Office; the Governor of Mauritius, Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford; the External Affairs Department of the Government of India.

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (178 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 180; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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