Cemetery: Iran, Tehran (Doulab)

Doulab Grave Mapping Project (GMP) of the Christian cemetery complex in Doulab, Tehran.

In 1942 an estimated 120,000 Polish soldiers and civilians arrived on the Caspian Sea port of Pahlevi (now Bandar Anzali), Iran. They had been released from Soviet captivity and were to set up the Polish Army of the East under General Anders. Many were so destitute and starved that they didn’t survive the hardships of the journey and died upon their arrival in Iran or shortly thereafter. That’s why the Polish Embassy purchased half of the terrain of the cemetery and arranged the graves of their many fellow countrymen, that had died here in Tehran, in a convenient and worthy way.

In order not to lose conscience of the importance of the place and not let it fall into oblivion, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tehran and the embassies of Austria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Slovak Republic have launched the Doulab Grave Mapping Project (GMP). Fundamentally, the GMP is a comprehensive survey of the graves in the different parts of the cemetery. The information available in situ has been entered into a central database, integrated with data from parish registers and other sources, and finally put at the disposition of the public through a website-cum-search engine.

View the [link] for this data source.
Contact: doulab.gmp@gmail.com

*** NB Entry of the GMP list into the Wall of Names has not yet started as at 7 August 2015) ***