We invite you to add your thoughts, ideas and comments about this website, the book Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, or the traveling exhibition. After eight years of touring, the exhibit was displayed for the last time in Paris at the Hotel de Ville during the summer of 2004. An excerpt of the original show was presented at the International Center for Photography in New York, September 19, 2008–January 4, 2009; and at the Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, Fall 2008.

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Subject: Turks/Kurdistanian

My Grandfather was Turkish Mongolian" perhaps Kurdistan (Husyien Sengezer) Interesting site.

Submitted by: Julie Fatima Skromme
Date: December 24, 2010

Subject: social networks

Years ago when I first saw the book I was overwhelmed. This is what I had been doing and wanted to do, to acknowledge and (re)collect history in love, integrity and truthfulness.

I thank you so much for this beautiful book that has been with me ever since and that I have been able to give to so many people who cherished it to their heart.

I would really like to present it out in the open through the social networks, facebook or whatever. Could that be possible?

Submitted by: Dineke
Date: November 19, 2010

Subject: a question from Barcelona

Hello, I live in Barcelona and my partner is Kurdish. This exhibit was shown in Barcelona in 2010 and it was great to see so much information recovered and put together, thank you!

Also, we would like to buy the book and I generally buy from amazon, but they tell me this book cannot be sent to my address in Spain, is there anywhere we can find it here or do you sell the book yourself?

Thank you!!


Submitted by: Teresa
Date: October 23, 2010

Subject: Story

Hello Susan,

first of all i think it is good when researcher always try to validate the history but when the are only based on true fundamentals and without any bias involvoled.

I think personaly that there is alot of missing to it. So the question is followed by: how much value does it really contribute to history and truth.

Hope u will do some more digging before writing with biases.


Submitted by: Cuneyt Arkin
Date: October 20, 2010

Subject: additional information

Note: a new discovery: Unfortunately Peter and Theo will never know this, since they have now passed on, but I recently discovered that the name “Iskan” may well be a pseudonym, rather than an abbreviated version of “Iskander” (= Alexander), which I first thought: It turns out that Iskan is actually a kind of “residence permit” and maybe he was saying, through his pseudonym that he clearly (acikca) has right of residence (iskan) - i.e. as a Kurd in Turkey.  I will never know for sure until or unless he contacts me, but it seems to be consistent with the facts I have so far.... When he moved to Germany, he may well have reverted to his real name....which I do not know

[Ed. note: see the story about Iskan, follow the link above to the STORY MAP and then select the picture of the musical note from the timeline under 1990s]

Submitted by: David W Solomons
Date: July 23, 2010

Subject: har bji kurdustan

Obrigado muito por criar este saite tomre que seja mais amplo e mais sofesticado e muito bom trebalho

Submitted by: shwan ali
Date: June 25, 2010

Subject: Thank you

Dear Susan,

As a Kurd, I am admire to your outstanding book, In the shadow of Histoy: Kurdistan. Kurds were concealed for a long time from all over the world and they were persecuted and massacared during this time by barbarian. You broke down darknes on Kurdish Nation by this perfect book.

Thanks a million

Submitted by: Sheemus Batman
Date: June 19, 2010

Subject: Praise and Gratitude

Amazing. This is a very beautiful and informative website. Thank you so very much.


Submitted by: JMoreland Davies
Date: May 26, 2010

Subject: Thank You

I come from heart of Kurdistan. I am extremely grateful with this remarkable work. I would like to express my special thanks to whom contributed significantly to this page.

I also would like to mention that while members of the majority enjoy their freedom, Kurds need to struggle to built up freedom. I think like any nation we deserve freedom.

Therefore, we need your help.

Submitted by: Zerin BAYBASIN
Date: January 04, 2010

Subject: The Garden Of The Poets(Halabj

The Garden of the Poets (Book By: Rauf Naqishbendi)

Please see and post this book in your site and let your audience know about it. Thanks.

Book Description:

In 1988, Saddam Hussein bombed the town of Halabja with chemical weapons and nerve gas which killed more than 5,000 people within minutes. The bombing was part of his Anfal campaign, genocide against the Kurds.

However, this is not entirely a book about death and destruction. It is a book which celebrates Kurdish culture through stories from the author’s childhood. It gives insight into Saddam’s reign of terror, but also tells the stories of the Kurdish people in Iraq with joy and humor. This book also includes episodes related to his experiences adapting to a new homeland, America. Such experiences are emblematic of a displaced people.

While this book outlines the brutalities and hardships endured by the Kurdish people, it also embodies the simple nobility and joyful humor essential to our communal soul. This record of the Kurdish people captures the imagination, stirs compassion, and helps unravel a complex tapestry of ill-fated political decisions.

Submitted by: Rauf Naqishbendi
Date: January 01, 2010

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