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Re:sound #46: The Lemon Tree Show

This hour: two decades after he was forced to flee, a young Palestinian man returns to his home to meet the Israeli woman who lives there now.

2006 / Sandy Tolan / Roman Mars / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA

This hour: two decades after he was forced to flee, a young Palestinian man returns to his home to meet the Israeli woman who lives there now.

The Lemon Tree
by Sandy Tolan (Fresh Air, 1998)
Bashir was six during the height of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, when his family was forced to flee his stone home in old Palestine and live as refugees in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Three months later, six-month-old Dalia, whose Bulgarian family had survived the Holocaust, arrived by boat in the new nation of Israel. Two decades later, Bashir crossed the threshold of his old house and rang the bell. Dalia answered.

Interview with Sandy Tolan
The producer and author of The Lemon Tree talks with Re:sound host Gwen Macsai about meeting Bashir and Dalia and why his brilliant documentary needed to be expanded into a book.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.


produced by

Sandy Tolan

Sandy Tolan is the author of two books: Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later and The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.


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