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 disappearing. Their memories and testimonies are the base for an mainly English speaking documentary series and educational platform as well as a photo exhibit to celebrate 75 years since the Independence of Israel.
The documentary will become an essential part of every library within the Jewish world for future generations to learn about the birth of the Jewish Homeland.
For prosperity and future generations, THE YOUTH OF 1948 PROJECT aims to record the history, memories and testimonies of the people who were present at the end of the British Mandate and the Birth of the State of Israel. 10 years from now this footage will be a source of information for everyone who wants to learn about or research the historical years 1947-1948-1949 for personal or academic purposes.
Last year during Yom HaShoah 2016, (Holocaust Remembrance Day) like many people in Israel, I was sitting in someone’s living room listening to the story of a Holocaust survivor. This lady from Vienna didn’t stop her story with the liberation but continued about her arrival in Israel and how hard life here was at the beginning.
I knew my grandmother’s 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 theatre writing work, I read a lot testimonies, diaries, history books. Now I realized I had the chance to speak to the very people who were present at the Birth of the State. People that lived through the end of the British Mandate, people that remember the night Palestine got partitioned on November 29th, 1947 and celebrated the declaration of Independence in May 1948. In contrast to my previous research for my theatre productions, I heard first accounts of the people from the different undergrounds (Haganah, Lehi, Palmach, Irgun) and heard 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 theatre and opera person for whole of my life. But after 3 interviews, taking notes in my little book, I realized these lives and these stories would get lost if not recorded and a play (no disrespect to the medium) 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 and create a documentary (series).