Gathering Fragments

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The Farkas Sisters, Ruth Geva and Leorah Kroyanker grew up in Jerusalem and witnessed some of the most pivotal moments in the history of the city and of Israel as a young nation.

The sisters check old photos

Living in sieged Jerusalem, they remember endless bombardments, sniper fire and running for shelter, but also a constant feeling of an adventure.

They recalled: “We were a group of children, growing up in Jerusalem, during the British Mandate in the 40s, before and during the founding of the State of Israel. In the midst of the war-torn city and during the 1948 War, our neighbourhood experienced intense sniping and bombings.

We especially recall living through the months of the siege on the city, with a scarcity of water and food. Now, seventy years on, we recollect our adventures, with humour as well as with pain concerning our personal tragedies. Can the home-movies, photos, diaries and letters documenting our parents’ daily activity, feelings and thoughts – found and uncovered during the making of the film – provide us now with closure to the pain and suffering experienced and which our parents, silent as always, hid from us?”

Years later, they embarked together on a journey into their parents’ rare documentation to piece together fragments of their personal story, but also that of the first Israel-born generation.

With the assistance of the Israeli Embassy, Sydney’s Emanuel Synagogue will host the Farkas sisters for a special conversation discussing behind the scenes of their fantastic documentary Gathering Fragments – לאסוף רסיסים

Readers are invited to watch the amazing film in their own time then join us for a conversation with the Farkas sisters live from Israel.

Watch Gathering Fragments (English subtitles) now here:

Join us for a conversation with the Farkas sisters live from Israel via Zoom on Sunday June 28 at 5:00pm. Please register to receive the link to this event:

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