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Kiryat Tivon

When last year we were asked to volunteer for a new project at school, and I was a new pupil who didn't know what the project was about, did not think that today I would say that it was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life.

Testimony Theater, a couple of words that every time I heard them I burst with pride and immediately a smile comes to my face.

The project of one of the most amazing families I have ever met, headed by Irit and Ezra, and with them Omri and Nimrod, their very talented sons, joined by Omer and Meitar, who while not of the Dagan family, are a huge part of our project.

Our connection, as a group, made up of people who were almost strangers (especially in my case as the new girl) became a consolidated group, and in the last month we spent more time together than we did with other friends, who were not part of the project. They simply became my best friends in the last year.

Our connection, with the adults, was the most special part of this project. From today, after a whole year, a month of rehearsals and 4 shows, our role is to continue to tell their stories, of our additional grandfathers and grandmothers and their friends during the war, because in a few more years, none of them will be her to tell the story, and we will do it.

We waited so long for the shows, and now they are behind us and it is difficult for us to digest and absorb, it is difficult for us to understand that it simply no longer is and the only thing we want is to go back and to start all over again, and that it will never end.

Irit and Ezra are the most extraordinary people I have ever met, guiding, loving, loved, caring, warm, smiling, funny and truly rare, because there are not many like them. They touch so many people all over the country, and do it all so that this issue will never be forgotten anywhere.

It’s true that this subject isn’t close to most of use, but as 14-15 year -ld children, we are closer to the subject of the Holocaust than other children of our ages who have not participated in Testimony Theater.

4 shows, in which I burst into tears every time, and the last was the most difficult, after I had realized that it was over.

Thank you to all those who came, supported us during this period, helped and were part of this project. That’s it, we are returning to our studies, to our lives, but a little different with a little insight into life and tools that will always help and accompany us.

I am proud to say that I was part of this immense thing, and am pleased to know that we successfully moved and touched people almost as much as it touched and moved us.

I will miss, will miss seeing those people every Wednesday for an hour and a half, I will miss the laughter, the arguments, and mostly the tears, I will miss it all, it was really the best thing that ever happened to me.

A once in a lifetime experience, I know it will never recur and it is hard for me to say it. Thank you for the opportunity, for your belief that we could do it. Thank you ❤

Kiryat Tivon Witness Theater 2016-2017, Project no. 56