Summer 1947. 4 500 Jewish Displaced Persons (i.e. uprooted and taken away people) try to reach Palestine with the steamship EXODUS. Under the eyes of the horrified world, British soldiers get the passengers from the refugee ship by force of arms in Haifa. At first the Jews were brought to France, but most of them refused to go ashore. Thus they were brought to the post-war Germany. In November 1947, after spending some weeks in the camps in Lübeck, 2 500 Jews arrived at the train station of Emden and brought to Marine barrack huts in Brandenburg. 2 000 people were billeted in the Friesian Sengwarden. Several months they had to wait in the barracks for the repeated departure to Palestine.
Das Letzte Kleinod lets the history of the Exodus passengers revive as a documental play, performing in original locations like Haifa/ Israel, Emden and Sengwarden.
Script and direction: Jens-Erwin Siemssen, dramaturgy: Lisa Kempter, music: Shaul Bustan, costume and stage: Tamar Ginati
Cast: Jeroen Engelsman, Johanna Emil Fülle, Gonny Gaakeer, Claudia Schwartz, Cnaan Erez Chahak, Sofia Sheynkler
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Photo: Ingo Wagner