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Filmed testimonies project
Preserving the Memories of Gush Katif People
Disengagement, expulsion, destruction, removal and displacement are some of the expressions and depictions of what happened here, in Israel, in Gush Katif in the summer of 5765, 2005.

These expressions harbor attitudes, experiences, a great deal of emotion and mainly people – the people of Gush Katif.

For the people of Gush Katif, these painful events, which earned wide exposure in the media and in public discourse, are only part of the story – the painful and sad part.

The major part of the story – the years of establishment – the realization of a vision, the building of communities, the world of Torah and productivity, the agriculture, family and community, along with enlisting strength to rebuild it all, has not yet been told.

The need of former Gush Katif residents to tell their story as they experienced it gave birth to the project to preserve the memories of the people of Gush Katif and gather together hundreds of filmed personal interviews.  The memory preservation project is one of a kind in Israel in terms of its scope and professionalism.  For the people of Gush Katif, the interview is an opportunity to release emotion, savor memories and raise points for future consideration.  Many interviews bring a kind of closure for the interviewee, who is given the chance to free his soul, to recover and move on to building a future while knowing that someone is preserving the memories for them.

From the cumulated experience and testimonies of the people of Gush Katif, it appears that in spite of the pain often expressed in their interviews, they come out of the experience strengthened and feeling that they have made an important contribution to their children and grandchildren… to the future generations.  Aside from the importance of the interview on a personal level, an archive of first-hand accounts is being created that will serve researchers in various fields of study; authors, filmmakers and editors, and everyone else who may want to learn the true unadulterated story of Gush Katif as recounted by the people who lived it.  It should be noted that any use that is made and will be made of the materials is permitted and approved by the interviewees.

In order to provide easy and efficient access to the materials, the content of each interview is cataloged, dividing it into chapter headings.  The project of preserving the memories is managed and executed by Director and Producer Mordi Kershner, who specializes in individual and historical documentation.

If any breach of intellectual property rights was made it was made in good faith. We would appreciate any information about this error wich will be corrected Immediately.