Nicola Saras from Beit Jala, aged 89, discussing the Ottoman Period and World War I

POOR QUALITY AUDIO. Nicola Saras (89 years old from Beit Jala) interviewed by Nisreen Khaliliya.

He discusses the following: World War I and the Ottoman period; people suffered from hunger and poverty; initially the Ottomans did not conscript Christians into the army but after a while they began to conscript Christians too whilst permitting those who could pay to buy themselves out of it; a man from Beit Jala who refused to pay to avoid conscription was killed by the Ottoman army.

Original audio recording: cassette tape.
In the original collection at Bethlehem University this cassette tape was originally categorised as File 2 of Box 8.

This fileset exists as part of the Ottoman Empire and World War I collection within the Bethlehem University Oral History project of the Planet Bethlehem Archive.