Zakharia Abu Aita and Jamila Abu Aita, from Beit Sahour discussing the 1920 great snow and the 1927 earthquake
mediaposted on 21.08.2019, 07:27 by Freja Howat-Maxted, Jacob Norris, Leila Sansour, Bea Brown
Zakharia Abu Aita and Jamila Abu Aita (husband and wife, from Beit Sahour) are interviewed by Nisreen Barham.
Interview focuses on the great snow of 1920 and the earthquake of 1927; describes how heavy the snowfall was and people could not move around; had to burn wood to keep warm; used to work together to shift the snow out of people's doorways; children used to walk on the ice and have races as well as collection small pieces of wood to burn; people barely had enough food to eat as the snow lasted 40 days; some houses were ruined as were the crops; the earthquake destroyed some houses; describes what he was doing when the earthquake struck.
Original audio recording: cassette tape.
In the original collection at Bethlehem University this cassette tape was categorised as File 16 of Box 21.
This fileset exists as part of the 1920 Great Snow and 1927 Earthquake collection within the Bethlehem University Oral History project of the Planet Bethlehem Archive.