Testimonies From the Censored Deir Yassin Massacre: 'They Piled Bodies and Burned Them'

A young fellow tied to a tree and set on fire. A woman and an old man shot in back. Girls lined up against a wall and shot with a submachine gun. The testimonies collected by filmmaker Neta Shoshani about the massacre in Deir Yassin are difficult to process even 70 years after the fact

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Fighters from Israel's pre-state militia occupying the village of Deir Yassin, April 1948.
Fighters from Israel's pre-state militia occupying the village of Deir Yassin, April 1948.Credit: IDF archive/ Still from the film 'Born in Deir Yassin'
Ofer Aderet
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Pictures of the occupation of Deir Yassin. Most researchers state that 110 inhabitants of the village were killed there.Credit: IDF archive / Defense Ministry
'They ran like cats,' related the commander of the operation, Yehoshua Zettler, the Jerusalem commander of Lehi, as he described the Arabs fleeing from their homes in Deir Yassin.Credit: IDF archive / Defense Ministry
A street in Deir Yassin, today and in 1948. 'Within a few hours, half the village wasn’t there any more,' Zettler wrote of the day.Credit: Itai Raziel (today), Zionist Archive (1948) / Still from the film 'Born in Deir Yassin'
'When the Cossacks burst into Jewish neighborhoods, then that should have looked something like this,' wrote Lt. Col. Mordechai Gichon of Deir Yassin.Credit: IDF archive / Defense Ministry

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