Update from the Levinson Family

Update from the Levinson Family, Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christine Levinson, wife of Robert Levinson, Daniel Levinson, the family’s eldest son, and Christine’s sister are traveling to Tehran, Iran, with their arrival expected this evening. We truly appreciate the continued support for our family as we pray for a Christmas miracle.

Update From the Levinson Family

As you know, our husband and father, Robert (Bob) Levinson, disappeared on March 8, 2007 on Kish Island, Iran. It has now been over seven months since we have had any contact with him. We have no more information about where and how he is since March 9th. The nightmare is continuing for our family and everyone who loves Bob.

We are still looking for help and would welcome any information or suggestions. We will do anything necessary to bring Bob home. Below is a summary of what we know as of now:

  • Bob Levinson left Dubai, United Arab Emirates at 10:45 am, Thursday, March 8, 2007, on Kish Air Flight Y97141. He was confirmed on the flight manifest. He checked into the Hotel Maryam on Kish Island that same day.
  • Bob met with Dawud Salahuddin while on Kish. Mr. Salahuddin has told us that they met to talk about cigarette smuggling, a matter Bob was pursuing on behalf of a private client. Mr. Salahuddin also has said to us and others, including members of the press, that while they were at the hotel he was picked up by local authorities who wished to check his papers. According to Mr. Salahuddin, when he returned to the Hotel Maryam hours later, Bob was gone.
  • On September 5th, Iranian officials advised members of the Swiss government making inquiries on our behalf that Bob was last seen leaving the Hotel Maryam in a taxi on March 9th, but they could not say where he was headed.
  • There is no evidence that Bob ever left Iran. His passport has not been recorded in any other country, and no one has seen him. Because of this, we believe the Iranian government has the power to help us find him and bring him home.
  • Christine Levinson, Bob’s wife, has asked for any other information the Iranian authorities have regarding Bob, including what they have done to find him. We hope they will provide us with any information as soon as possible so we can find out what happened to Bob and possibly assist the Iranians in finding him so he can come home.
  • During the recent opening ceremony of the UN General Assembly session, Christine and other members of the Levinson family spent several days in New York City seeking a meeting with the Iranian President. Unfortunately, that request was denied because of President Ahmadinejad’s full schedule. Prior to President Ahmadinejad’s arrival, the Iranian Ambassador in New York agreed to meet with Christine a few weeks later. She hopes that meeting will happen soon.
  • We also undertook an email campaign, reaching out to the member countries of the UN General Assembly and asking them for help. Thousands of our friends and family members sent emails on Bob’s behalf, and we know these emails were received because several Missions’ web sites were impacted by the high volume. In addition, eldest son Daniel Levinson personally delivered letters to the UN Missions of several countries asking for any assistance they might give us.
  • Christine and Daniel Levinson are planning to travel to Iran. They have received verbal confirmation from the Iranian Mission at the UN that their visas have been approved and are now awaiting the paperwork they will need for their trip. They hope to speak to high-ranking officials in Iran who can help them. We see this trip as our best opportunity to bring Bob home.

Once again we want to thank all of our friends and family who have been praying for Bob’s safe return home. You have helped us stay strong these past seven months. We also want to extend a thank you to those of you that we may not know personally, but have supported us through this ordeal.

We appreciate any information or suggestions you have on what we can do to find Bob and bring him home. We want everyone to know that we are not resting. Each day we try to do all that we can to get him home. We love and miss him more than words can say.


The Levinson Family

Thank You From the Levinson Family

We would like to express heartfelt gratitude to our friends, family, and everyone else who participated in the United Nations E-mail Campaign for our father, Robert (Bob) Levinson, during the week of September 17-20.

By our estimate, thanks to your efforts and the efforts of those to whom you forwarded the email, several thousand people heard about Bob’s case and contacted the UN on our family’s behalf. Although we may not know the impact for quite some time, we are confident that our message was heard by the members of the General Assembly and, consequently, the Iranian Mission to the UN. We truly cannot thank you enough.

Every day we wake with the hope that this will be the day our father will be back home with us. Thank you again for everything you are doing to bring Bob home as soon as possible.

The Levinson Family

Letter to Dad, Robert (Bob) Levinson, July 30, 2007


It has now been 145 days since we last heard from you. We know that you entered Kish Island in Iran on March 8, 2007 and never left. We know that if you were able to contact us, you would. Each day is unbearable as we long to hold your hand, give you a kiss, wrap our arms around you and tell you how much we love you. We miss you Dad.

Since our last letter, there have been many things of which we wanted to update you.

Susan flew up to New York to celebrate Sarah’s birthday with her. Dan joined as well, and they all had a great time. Susan is also set to be a bridesmaid in your niece’s wedding in August. We wish that you could be there to enjoy the wedding with your family.

Stephanie really loves staying home with your first grandson, Ryan. He is over nine months old now and is getting into everything. He is crawling, using what we call the “Quasimodo Crawl” because he uses his right foot to push off of the ground. It looks awkward, but boy is he fast!

Ryan’s first attempt at babbling was repeating the word “bob” over and over. We think that this is because he misses his Grandpa Bob. We cannot wait until you get to hold him again.

Sarah continues to put in many hours at her job. She wishes she could call you to tell you about her accomplishments and consult you on the many challenges that arise on a day to day basis. She misses your expert career advice and perspective.

Sarah’s boyfriend of two years moved up to the New York area in July. They frequently visit your old haunts together, and Sarah tells your McSorley’s story every time they go there. She wishes you could visit so they could take you to all of your favorite restaurants again.

Dan has returned from a four and a half month stint living in Japan. He is now in the process of moving into a new apartment in New York and preparing for the start of law school this fall.

David just came back from six weeks of studying abroad in Italy. He went to over 30 cities, made many new friends, and has hundreds of pictures to show you. Now he is getting ready to head back to Emory for Resident Assistant training in early August.

The high school volleyball season is about to begin for Sam, who is a four year varsity starter. She has been finishing her summer homework for her upcoming Advanced Placement courses, and she recently started the process of college applications.

Doug was invited to participate in an elite four week summer camp that focused on technology. It is amazing to think that a 13-year-old chose to attend a school related camp during his summer vacation! He can’t wait to tell you all about it when you get home.

Mom continues to be the glue that holds our family together. Even though we know that she is frustrated with the lack of information on your welfare and whereabouts, she has maintained an extremely positive attitude. She is doing everything that she can to bring you home swiftly and safely. You will be so proud of her when you return.

Several of us have had dreams that you were back at home. These are the worst to wake up from because they have not come true yet. However, we remain confident that one day these dreams will become reality.

It feels like that day cannot come soon enough. Until then, we will continue to stay strong for one another, continue to persevere through this nightmare, and of course, continue to hold onto our dreams of seeing you walk through that front door—all because we know you would want us to do so.

We love you Dad. Come home soon.


Your Children

(Bugga Bird, Lumpy, Goose, Memmo, Happy J. Face, Turtle Girl, and the Roasted Baby)

Message from the Family

We Thank You

If you are reading this, we thank you.
If you are a friend or former colleague of Bob’s and have called our family to offer support, we thank you.
If you sent cards or well wishes, we thank you.
If you pray for Bob, we thank you.
If you frequently follow the news stories and blogs about Bob’s situation, we thank you.
If you have spread the word about his story and continue to do so, we thank you.

We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Please continue to pray for Bob…we would love to have him home for Father’s Day.

Letter to Dad


Your seven children love and miss you very much. We are writing you this letter in the hopes that you will be able to read it wherever you are and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers every minute of every day.

As you know, Mom is our “Rock.” She has encouraged us to take each day one day at a time. While we are sure it will come as no surprise to you, she has amazing strength and has been an inspiration to all seven of us.

Dad, in your absence, we still strive to make you proud of us. We wanted to share with you some of the things that we have been up to…

The three of us that are in school are receiving good grades and are participating actively in sports and other extracurricular activities. Your second son is heading to Italy in a couple of days, and your youngest daughter is running for president of the school’s National Honor Society in a few weeks.

Your oldest son continues to teach in Japan, and his Japanese is coming along quite well. He has been accepted to several law schools and in the fall will be attending a prominent school that has offered him a scholarship.

Your third daughter has raised over $1250 for the charity walk she is participating in this month. She wanted to thank you for being so encouraging when she first started fundraising.

We have celebrated four birthdays in the past two months, including yours, but they were not the same without you. Your return has been the only present any of us has wanted.

Your first grandchild was baptized last month. You would have laughed as he babbled his way through the entire ceremony! He is beginning to crawl and has cut two teeth already. Every day, his mommy sings to him The Babies Song, your original song which you sang to each one of us. He has grown and changed so much in such a short time.

We thought of you all day on yours and Mom’s 33rd wedding anniversary. We wish that the two of you could have been together to celebrate so many years of “domestic bliss,” as you call it. Your marriage is a shining example of what we all aspire to.

Speaking of mom again, we celebrated Mothers’ Day with her this past weekend. There were four of us Levinson children, plus your son-in-law and your grandson, who were able to enjoy our dinner together. It was the first Mothers’ Day for your second daughter. Needless to say, your presence was truly missed.

Everyone who knows and loves you has been sending their love, support, and well wishes to you, Mom, and us kids. We know that you would appreciate all of the kind words that have been spoken about you.

We are all looking forward to your welcome home party. It cannot seem to come soon enough. We pray for you every day and look forward to having you come home to us safe and sound.

Dad, you are the best dad anyone could ever ask for, and we love and miss you more than words can say. We are so proud of you, and the world now knows what we have known all along – what an intelligent, kind, and gentle man you are.

Your Children
(Bugga Bird, Lumpy, Goose, Memmo, Happy J. Face, Turtle Girl, and the Roasted Baby)

Farsi – My Letter to Iranian President Ahmadinejad

کریستین لوینسون

1440خیابان کارول ریج شماره 348

کارول اسپرنگ فلوریدا 33071

25 اوریل 2007 [5 – اردیبهشت – 1386]

دکتر محمود احمدی نژاد، ریئس جمهور دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران،

من کریستین لوینسون هستم. شوهرم رابرت از تاریخ 8 مارس 2007 [18 اسفند 1385] که به جزیره کیش مسافرت کرده مفقود گردیده و از ان تاریخ تا کنون از او بی خبرم. هفته گذشته گزارش داده شد که دولت شما نسبت به درخواستی که جهت اطلاع از محل همسرم بوده، پاسخ داده است. سپاسگزارم از اینکه بین دول ما گفتگوئی در مورد همسرم صورت میگیرد.

امیدواری من به فعالیتهایم جهت یافتن همسرم پس از خواندن نامه مورخ 29 نوامبر 2006 [ 18 اذر 1385]

شما که به مردم امریکا نوشته بودید بیشتر شد. من نامه شما را مکررخواندم. در زمانی که با عظیم ترین مشکل زندگی ام مواجه شده ا م، حرفهای صادقانه شما مشوق من درنوشتن این نامه شده است.

شما از تشویش و نگرانی خود در مورد اشکالاتی که انسانهای شریف آن قسمت از جهان با آن مواجه هستند مرقوم داشته اید. شما عقاید و باورهای خود را در مورد “ترویج آرمان گرائی و معنویت انسانی از جمله شفقت و مهربانی، یکدلی و احترام به حقوق بشر، تضمین عدالت و مساوات و دفاع از بیگناه و ضعیف در برابر ستمگر و قلدر.” شما برای ما و تمامی ملل دنیا جهت نائل شدن به شان، مقام و موفقیت دعا کردید.

برای من غیرممکن است که بتوانم مشکلاتی را که شما بعنوان ریئس جمهور یک دولت قدرتمند با آن مواجه میشوید درک نمایم. با اگاهی از دشواریها، رنج و مصیبتی که مردم آن قسمت از جهان با آن روبرو هستند،

احساس ناراحتی میکنم که ازشما درخواست رسیدگی به ان امررا مینمایم. ولی بعنوان یک همسر و یک مادر، مجبورم که این تقاضا را ازشما بنمایم.

شما مرقوم داشته اید،”ما همه مستعد به انجام کار نیک و کمک بدیگران بخصوص به افراد نیازمندیم.” من محتاج به کمک شما هستم. هفت فرزند مانیز احتیاج به کمک شما دارند.

شما نوشته اید، “ما همه از تاریکی، فریب، دروغ و تحریف نفرت داریم و در جستجو وستایش رستگاری، روشنائی، صمیمیت وصداقت میباشیم.” برای من این سکوت تاریکیست. من فقط در جستجوی واقعیت درباره شوهرم میباشم که چه اتفاقی برایش افتاده و محل کنونی اش کجاست؟

من اطمینان دارم که شما بعنوان ریئس جمهور دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران قادرید که از قدرت و توانائی خود استفاده نموده و دریابید که چه اتفاقی برای شوهر من افتاده است؟ من امیدوارم که شما موفق به یافتن او شده و به اویاری داده تا به نزد خانه وخانواده اش برگردد.

شما نوشته اید، “ملت ما همیشه دست یاری و دوستی به دیگر ملتهای دنیا داده است.” با ازاد کردن اخیر سربازان انگلیسی در ماه مارس و آزاد نمودن یک فرانسوی تبار و عفو دو سوئدی در ماه اوریل که بتوانند به

نزد خانه و خانواده خود برگردند، نشان دادید که اینها فقط حرف نمیباشند.

من خود را با اعتقادات شما شریک میدانم که “هر دو ملت ما، ملتی از خدا بترس، عاق صداقت و پیرو عدالت میباشند.” من شوهرم رابرت را با همین کلمات توصیف مینمایم.

من امیدوارم که با راهنمائی شما بتوانیم بهترین راه را برای یافتن و برگرداندن شوهرم پیدا کرده و به یاری پروردگار او را به منزلش برگردانیم.

منزش را بیابم.

من با آقای ظریف ،نماینده دائمی ایران در سازمان ملل متحد، تماس گرفتم به امید اینکه این نامه را به شما برساند. امیدوارم که شما از اینکه آقای ظریف رابطه ما باشد احساس راحتی بکنید. چنانچه ترجیح بدهید، من

میتوانم هر راهی را که شما صلاح بدانید جهت تماس با من فراهم سازم.

در انتظار جواب شما هستم


کرستین لوینسن

Farsi – Text from Video Message May 9, 2007

من کریستین لوینستون، همسر رابرت لوینستون هستم.

من وفرزندانم این وب سایت راجهت تقاضای مساعدت ازشما برای یافتن رابرت ساخته ام تا او بتواند به خانه اش برگردد.

همسر من در دهم مارس [20 اسفند]، زمانیکه از جزیره کیش در جمهوری اسلامی دیدن میکرده، مفقود گشته. از آن زمان تا کنون گزارشات ضد و نقیضی از وضعیت و محل او داده شده است. حتی گزارشی مبنی بر رهائی وی داده شده که صحت ندارد.

این تجربه مانند یک کابوس برای من و فرزندانمان میباشد. ما از شروع این واقعه در ظلمات زندگی میکنیم. ما فقط میخواهم از او با خبر شویم ، اورا ببینیم و به او کمک کنیم تا به خانه بازگردد.

ما در جستجوی واقعیت میباشیم. مسلمأ کسی هست که ازمحل وی آگاهی داشته باشد.

من به دولت امریکا و ایران روی آوردم، ولی هیچگونه تغییری حاصل نگردید.

دوهفته قبل، من نامه ائی خصوصی به ریئس جمهور محمود احمدی نژاد فرستاده و درآ ن استدعای کمک از ایشان نمودم. نمیدانم اگرایشان نامه مرا دریافت کرده باشند. من نامه مزبور را به انگلیسی و فارسی در این وب سایت گذاشته بامید اینکه ایشان و سایر صاحب منصبانی که قادر به یاری میباشند، آنرا بخوانند.

من اطمینان دارم که دولت ایران قادر است که از قدرت وتوانائی اش استفاده نموده و دریابد ک چه اتفاقی برای همسر من افتاده است. من امیدوارم که آنها محل وی را شناسائی نموده و اقدامات لازمه را جهت برگرداندن او بنمایند تا او بتواند نزد خا نواده اش بازگردد.

در نامه ای که ریئس جمهور احمدی نژاد به ملت امریکا نوشتند، مرقوم داشته اند، “ما همه مستعد برای انجام کارهای نیک ودست یاری بیکدیگردادن میباشیم، خصوصأ به نیازمندان.”

من محتاج به کمک شما هستم. خانواده ما محتاج به یاری شما هستند. چنانچه کسی اطلاعی در مورد همسرم دارد و اگر کمکی جهت برگرداندن او از ما ساخته است لطفا با ما در[email protected] تماس بگیرید.

با سپاس.

33rd Anniversary

My husband, Robert Levinson, is missing in Iran. He was last seen March 8th on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf. Bob is a good and kind man. He loves his family and we love him. Friday, May 11th, is our 33rd wedding anniversary. To see Bob face to face and to be able to tell him how much I love him is the only gift I want. Please help me bring him home. Thank you.

My Letter to Iranian President Ahmadinejad

April 25, 2007

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,

I am Christine Levinson. My husband, Robert, has been missing since he traveled to Kish Island on March 8, 2007. I have not heard from him since then. Last week it was reported that your government responded to a request for information about my husband’s whereabouts. I am thankful there is communication between our governments in regards to my husband.

I am more hopeful about my efforts to find my husband since I read your letter to the American people from November 29, 2006. I’ve read your letter many times. The sincerity of your words encouraged me to write to you as I am faced with the greatest difficulty of my life.

You wrote about your anxieties and concerns regarding the difficulties faced by the noble people living in your part of the world. You expressed your belief in “the promotion of human ideals such as compassion, empathy, respect for the rights of human beings, securing justice and equity, and defending the innocent and weak against oppressors and bullies.” You prayed for us and for all nations of the world to be blessed with dignity and success.

The challenges and difficulties you face as the president of a powerful nation are impossible for me to comprehend. Knowing the hardship, suffering and tragedy faced by many people in your part of the world, I feel conflicted when asking for your consideration. But as a wife and a mother, I am compelled to do so.

You wrote, “We are all inclined towards the good, and towards extending a helping hand to one another, particularly to those in need.” I need your help. Our seven children need your help.

You wrote, “We all detest darkness, deceit, lies and distortion, and seek and admire salvation, enlightenment, sincerity and honesty.” The silence is darkness to me. I only seek to know the truth about what happened to my husband and where he is right now.

I am confident that you, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, will be able to use your power and ability to find out what happened to my husband. I am hopeful that you can locate him and help him get home to be with his family.

You wrote, “Our nation has always extended its hand of friendship to all other nations of the world.” You have demonstrated that these are not just words with the recent release of the British sailors in March and the release of the French citizen and the pardoning of the two Swedish nationals in April so they could return home to be with their families.

I share your belief that “both our nations are God-fearing, truth-loving and justice-seeking.” I would use the same words to describe my husband, Robert.

I am hopeful that, with your guidance, we will know best how to proceed in finding my husband and, God-willing, bringing him home.

I made contact with Mr. Zareef, the Permanent Representative to the Iranian Mission at the United Nations in hope that this letter would be delivered to you. I hope you are comfortable using Mr. Zareef as a point of contact for me. If you prefer, I’ll provide you with any other method of contacting me that you deem necessary.

I await your response.


Christine Levinson