March 18, 2013 Leave a comment
By Michael Zargarov
About 20 years ago I was introduced to Mildred Mottahedeh at a conference in Arizona. Hand of the Cause BillSears introduced us because he knew I yearned to teach the faith in Eastern Europe, and he knew that Mildred had a particular interest there too. Later in 1990, at her suggestion, I pioneered to Prague, Czechoslovakia. I was there 18 months, and traveled from Prague to Russia, and to Alma Ata, Kazakhstan in order to visit with and help teach among long-out-of-contact believers. Still later, at various times, I was hosted for dinner at Mildred’s sumptuous apartment overlooking the United Nations complex in NYC.
Once in late 1992 I took Mildred to a concert of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Lincoln Center. On the way we stopped at a drugstore. When she came back to the car, Mildred showed me a gold locket which held hair from Baha’u’llah. She told me that Shoghi had given it to her when she WITNESSED his marriage to Ruhiyyih. Mildred and her husband bought a limousine for Shoghi to use, which he later loaned to Ben Gurion when “Israel” was established.Mildred Mottahedeh had known May Maxwell [Shoghi Effendi’s wife, known as Ruhiyyih Khanum] since the 1920s. They were close confidants and best friends. Before Violette Nakhjavani took over as “companion” to Ruhiyyih, Mildred held that honor.