Nobody really knows exactly how many political prisoners were executed in the massacre. Even the top officials who were responsible for carrying out Khomeini’s fa/wc to liquidate political prisoners do not have accurate figures as to how many perished in the carnage. Khomeini’s written orders to religious judges and revolutionary prosecutors across the country were explicit: “Annihilate the enemies of Islam as quickly as you can.” In the great haste to fulfill his command, Khomeini’s henchmen often did not bother with “details” such as recording or reporting the exact number of executions or even registering the Identities of victims.
A former prisoner who spent 15 years in jail and witnessed the massacre said: “It was autumn when they gathered the surviving prisoners from different prisons of Tehran in Evin. The massacre machine was grinding to a halt, but sporadic executions continued here or there.
“We still could not grasp the depth of the catastrophe. Our most dominating feeling was one of shame and guilt for having stayed alive while so many had perished.
“We tried to make this inferno more bearable by collecting the names of victims. We listed the names of 6,450 male inmates executed in Tehran’s prisons alone. We had no knowledge of the number and names of executed women. But even as far as the executed male prisoners in Tehran were concerned, our list was incomplete. We learned later of wards in Evin where all prisoners -- down to the last man -- had been executed, with not a single survivor to tell the story. We did not even know their names...
“We made an attempt to send the list outside through the family of an inmate, but it was discovered by the regime. The result of the painstaking research and laborious efforts to compile a comprehensive list of victims was destroyed.
“Some months later, we received information from other parts of the country, from Shiraz, Mashhad, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Qom, Rasht, Babol, Sari, Qaemshahr, Zahedan and so on. In the majority of these cities, all political prisoners had been executed. In Tehran and in all other cities, thousands of ex-prisoners who had served their sentences and released years before were re-arrested and taken directly to the ‘Amnesty Commission’... Those who were not prepared to condemn the Mojahedin were taken to the gallows directly...”
Amnesty International stated in a report after the carnage that “the massacre