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Musical tour "Exodus 1947" in Israel with voluntary cast members

A project from Marsch des Lebens e.V.
in Gan Shmuel, Israel

The musical speaks of the pain of the superiors, but most of all about their hope for a future and a homeland of their own, as well as their readiness to fight for it. For the 75th anniversary we want to bring the musical to Israel

M. Buckel
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The one hour musical tells the story of the legendary refugee ship „Exodus 1947“ and its over 4,500 Holocaust survivors on board. When the Second World War ended and the concentration camps were liberated, thousands of Jews from all over Europe remained in the camps for displaced persons. They had lost their homes and often their families and dreamed of a land of their own, where they could live in safety and start a new

life. They wanted to go to Erez Israel, which was then under British administration as Mandatory Palestine.

The British wanted to prevent further immigration and established a sea blockade to stop refugee ships from landing on the Israeli coast. The „Exodus 1947“ was one of them. When the passengers were brought back to the camps in Europe, an outcry swept the world, eventually leading to the founding of the State of Israel in 1948.

The musical speaks of the pain of the superiors, but most of all about their hope for a future and a homeland of their own, as well as their readiness to fight for it. Many of the actors in this musical are descendants of committed Nazis. In the accompanying events, they tell their stories and explain why they are part of the musical.

On July 19, 2022 it will be 75 years since the ship docked in Haifa. We want to take this as an opportunity to travel again with a team of about 45 people (actors, technicians and crew) to Israel in July 2022 for 3 performances of the musical at different locations.

The actors and technicians all work on a voluntary basis. Since the Marsch des Lebens e.V. finances its work by donations entirely, the performances up to now could only be made possible with a large financial investment of the actors.

In addition to the travel costs (flight and car rental in the country), the accommodation for the duration of the trip must be covered. Technical equipment for the musical, such as lights, microphones and sound equipment, as well as props, also have to be rented locally. The trip costs about 600-800 EUR per person. The production costs of the musical amount to approximately 3,000 EUR per performance.

Comments of the audience:
»I‘ve seen the musical ›Exodus‹ twice and talked with the actors. Especially one woman, the Auschwitz survivor, reminded me very much of my mother and aunt. It was very moving, and I can‘t find words to describe my feelings. After the performance, I went home to my wife and told her that I was now ready to visit Germany. You have changed my mind!«
Jacob Waiman, as a child passenger on the Exodus

»I actually thought that I have seen everything that can be seen about the Holocaust and I am very sober about it. But the musical hits the core of us Israelis and I had tears in my eyes the whole time.«
Michael Kashi, Chairman of IRGW (Jewish Community Württemberg)

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The musical speaks of the pain of the superiors, but most of all about their hope for a future and a homeland of their own, as well as their readiness to fight for it. For the 75th anniversary we want to bring the musical to Israel

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betterplace.org is the largest German donation platform. Since 2007 we have been helping people, aid organizations and companies to do good. All projects on betterplace.org are non-profit. Since we ourselves also do not work for profit, our platform is free of charge for the projects.
2007founded
12,500non-profit organisations
185m €for a good cause
Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (Logo)