On a beautiful Mediterranean coast, in the newly-established state of Israel, one way of life violently and abruptly ended and a new one began, when the inhabitants of Tantura squarely faced the war on 22–23 May 1948 for a brief period of 25 days—from the Jewish occupation of the village, the arrest of the men and the expulsion to Furaydis of the rest of the population, via the second expulsion to Jordan, to the settlement of Kibbutz Nachsholim. How did this happen exactly? Why did the Jews act as they did, and how did they construct their cultural world and mental horizons? And how are we to tell this story?