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ABOUT THE YOUTH OF 1948 PROJECT

MISSION & VISION

The youth of 1948 consists of the creation of a unique and historical archive that needs to be recorded now as this generation is dissapearing. Their memories and testimonies form the base for a documentary series and educational platform as well as a photo exhibit to celebrate 70 years since the Independence of Israel. 

The documentary will open for Yom HaAtzmaut 2018 simultaneously worldwide and become an essential part of every library within the Jewish world for future generations to learn about the birth of the Jewish Homeland.

 

THE YOUTH OF 1948 PROJECT aims to record for future generations the history, memories and testimonies of the people who were at the end of the British Mandate and the Birth of the State of Israel. In 10 years from now this footage will be a source of information for everyone wanting to learn or research personally or academically the historical years 1947-1948-1949.

Last year during Yom HaShoah 2016, (Holocaust Remembrance day) I was sitting, like many people in Israel, in someone’s living room listening to the story of a Holocaust survivor. This lady from Vienna didn’t stop her story when the liberation came, she continued about her arrival in Israel and how hard life was at the beginning here.

I knew my grandmothers story: her arrival in 1947 from Sweden and how she lived through the siege before escaping to Bnei Brak, which felt “just like heaven” after the hell of Jerusalem. It made me want to hear more stories. For my theater writing work, I usually read a lot testimonies, diaries, history books. But now I realised I had the chance to speak to the very people who were here at the Birth of the State. Who lived at the end of the British Mandate, remember the night Palestine got partitioned on November 29, 1947 and celebrated the declaration of Independence in May 1948. Unlike my research for my theater productions before, I could hear first accounts of the people from the different undergrounds (Hagana, Lechi, Palmach, Irgun) hear from civilians and from those who remember those days as children.

By the Summer of 2016 I was still planning to write a play, after all, I have been a theater and opera person for whole of my life. But after 3 interviews, taking notes in my little book, I realised these lives and these stories would get lost if not recorded and a play (no disrespect) simply wasn’t going to cut it! And this is how, from one day to the next I decided to do something I had never done before, make a documentary (series). Meanwhile I expanded it to a photographic exhibit (together with NY photographer Aviva Klein) and I am planning to create with the expertise and help of the Israel Forever Foundation educational packages who will be available on our brand new website here.

Your donation enables us to:

Find THE YOUTH OF 1948, travel to them, interview them, record them with high quality material, transcribe the interviews, edit and sound mix the documentary, photograph 24 subjects, frame them and create this exhibit. Research original film material to add to the documentary, compile everything to donate to the National Library of Israel, make a copy of each interview for the interviewee and his family and so much – so much more! DONATE NOW!

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