Friday, September 10, 2010

Zochrot: Summary of a Testimony by Amnon Neumann.

Summary of a Testimony by Amnon Neumann - who was a 19 years old soldier during the 1948 war - the Nakba.
It was given at a public hearing organized by Zochrot, on June 17, 2010. The audience consisted of about twenty people. Initiated and organized by Amir Hallel. The testimony was video-recorded by Lia Tarachansky. Miri Barak prepared the transcription. Eitan Bronstein edited, summarized, and added footnotes. Translated to English by Asaf Kedar.

Warning: The testimony is highly distressing at points.

Part of what's so interesting about this is that the old man who testifies, Amnon Neumann, is having an inner conflict about whether to tell his story; which parts to tell and which parts to withhold; and the meaning of what he's telling. He is wrecked with feelings of guilt, even as he expresses certainty that what he did had to be done. At the same time he doesn't feel that as a 19 year old soldier he had the capacity to understand what he was doing.

This story is one of many collected by Zochrot, and organization working to make information about the Nakba known to Israelis.

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