The moving testimony theater project at Atidim High School in Holon came to a close with the staging of the play "To Tell, In Order to Live" on the eve of Holocaust Day. The project, which is part of the intergenerational program, was carried out with support from the Dalia and Eli Hurvitz Foundation and the Tovanot B'Hinuch Association.
In a highly sensitive and professional manner, the play brought together three generations – Holocaust survivors, who are members of the "Beit LeHiiyot" center in Holon, the second generation, and the third generation – Atidim students. The students met weekly with the Holocaust survivors over a period of several months and heard their personal stories. Following an experiential artistic process, they jointly created the project's highlight – a play in which all of them were on the stage together and the students portrayed the survivors, who were their age during the war.
The emotional and complex journey that the survivors and the students had taken prior to the play was conveyed on the stage and didn't leave a dry eye in the audience. "All of a sudden, everything opened up – the documentation, the letters, the stories and, most of all, the emotions," the students wrote right before putting on the play. "We wouldn't have felt those emotions just from reading their testimonies in archives and in books. As we see it, we're part of the inner circle, just like family. Suddenly, you can talk about everything without fear. We received and gave a lot of warmth, love and compassion."