The woman claims she was 7 years old when she tried to escape France. She is 78 now, so that means she tried to escape in 1940 or so, before there was any policy of extermination. I don't know what would have happened to this girl if she was captured. Sent to one of the camps? Maybe. Not killed, in any case.
Thousands of Iranian Jews and their descendants owe their lives
Ah, the classic propaganda tactic of the "big lie". No evidence whatsoever these people owe their lives to this man, but let's say it anyway. He is also likened to Schindler- who, ofcourse, was a real person, but the BBC deceptively say his story was "immortalized" by Hollywood, when in reality the book and film are fiction drawing on a bit of real history. They say he saved 1000 Jews by employing them in his factory, but, again, no proof they would be killed if deported.
But Sardari somehow managed to carry on helping families escape from Paris, at a time when an estimated 100,000 Jews were deported from France to death camps.
Even historians will admit the number was about 70,000, and there is a lot of evidence that they were either registered, or ended up in the Eastern territories.
As usual, the BBC has to throw in some more anti-Nazi propaganda, this time on the whole "Aryan" canard:
Although officially neutral, Iran was keen to maintain its strong trading relationship with Germany. This arrangement suited Hitler. The Nazi propaganda machine declared Iranians an Aryan nation and racially akin to the Germans.
I don't know of any Nazi propaganda about this, but as far as I can tell "Aryan" meant white, or atleast white Germanic. Some Iranians are white, while some are darker skinned. Well, there's some debate as to whether Iranians are white so I will leave that here.
Then there's some more stuff, with another propaganda sub-heading, "racial purity", can't the BBC do better than this? The article forgets to mention the persecution of Jews in France was helped by the anti-Jewish Vichy regime.