Wadie Salah, 103 years old from al-Ta'amra (from the Salah family); Salem Salah, 103 years old from al-Ta'amra (from the Salah family); Mra'e Sha'ebat, 95 years old from Beit Sahour; and Khadeja Ramadan, 95 years old from al-Khader discussing the Ottoman period and World War I

Wadie Salah (103 years old from al-Ta'amra) interviewed in 1995.

He discusses the following: locust plague and how they used to put locusts in a hole and burn them; spread of disease and starvation during World War I; people used to collect animal dung and dead animal bones and boil them in water to survive.

Salem Salah (103 years old from al-Ta'amra)

He discusses the following: locust plague; emigration caused by the dire economic situation during the war; people used to eat herbs to survive.

Mra‘e Sha‘ebat (95 years old from Beit Sahour).

She discusses the following: locust plague and how they multiplied because every egg contained 99 locusts; spread of disease, especially cholera; people used to travel east to find food to bring back; discusses Ottoman military conscription.

Khadeja Ramadan (95 years old from al-Khader).

She discusses the following: locust plague - the appearance of the the locusts and their large size; used to put the locusts in a hole and burn them; the locusts eggs meant they kept multiplying; military conscription – anyone caught trying to run away would be killed.

Original audio recording: 2 cassette tapes.
Transcript: word for word.
In the original collection at Bethlehem University these cassette tapes were categorised as File 3 of Box 13.

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.