Issa al-Araj, from Bethlehem discussing the 1920 great snow
datasetposted on 21.08.2019, 07:27 by Freja Howat-Maxted, Jacob Norris, Leila Sansour, Bea Brown
Issa al-Araj (92 years old from Bethlehem) is interviewed by Grace al-Ali on 15 April 1995.
Interview focuses on the great snow of 1920; snow was 2 metres deep and people could not even go outside; people had to burn wood to keep warm; everyone was hungry and cold; illness and disease quickly spread; the snow lasted for a whole month; people used to work together to clear the snow; the snowfall severely damaged the houses in Bethlehem and especially the souq; poor people were the worst affected.
Original audio recording: cassette tape.
In the original collection at Bethlehem University this cassette tape was categorised as File 20 of Box 21.
This fileset exists as part of the 1920 Great Snow & 1927 Earthquake collection within the Bethlehem University Oral History project of the Planet Bethlehem Archive.