Hasan Muhammad Abd al-Latif, aged 67 from Battir discussing the Ottoman period and World War I

Item

Title
Hasan Muhammad Abd al-Latif, aged 67 from Battir discussing the Ottoman period and World War I
Description
Hasan Muhammad Abd al-Latif (67 years old from Battir) interviewed by Reem al-Batma. He discusses the following: economic situation in Battir which was dependent on farming and the whole family working together; how they used to live in those days including the use of gas lamps to light the houses and how people used to dress; only education received was learning the Quran; military conscription started from age 16; it became more common for men from the village to marry women from other villages and towns; when World War I started most of the men from the village were taken away to military conscription; when somebody in the village died there were no men to bury the body; locust plague; agriculture was severely affected by the war; Ottoman army diverted the village springs for their war effort; when the war ended the British built houses for the employees of the train station. Original audio recording: cassette tape. Transcript: word for word. In the original collection at Bethlehem University this cassette tape was categorised as File 1 of Box 13.
Identifier
pb_bu_wwi_7271546
Subject
Bethlehem
Palestine
Palestinian Diaspora
Ottoman Empire and World War I collection
World War I in Bethlehem
Bethlehem oral history
Ottoman Empire in Bethlehem
Locust plague 1915
Bethlehem University
British Mandate in Palestine
License
CC BY 4.0
Creator
Reem al-Batma
Contributor
Adnan Musallam
Niveen Hazboun
Laila Ayyad
Yacoub Alatrash
Type
Digital reproduction of cassette tape and handwritten transcript
Source
Bethlehem University
Language
Arabic
Spatial Coverage
31.7281985/ 35.1292772
Rights Holder
Bethlehem University
Date (approximate)
c.1992-2008