Benghazi Bergen – Belsen at La Mama succeeds in portraying the deep pain and deportation of a Libyan family from Benghazi to one of the most horrific concentration camps – Bergen-Belzen. A strong reminder of the tragedy of the Holocaust.
Narrated by Silvana Hajaj (Veracity Butcher), the main character of the play, who was transported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp with her family. It is there that she meets and share her fate with Rebecca (Lilly Leah Azrielant), a Dutch Jew. They are locked together and forced to decide which one will die as punishment for stealing water. The decision is even harder since they are lovers and each is ready to sacrifice their life for the other. Silvana use the remaining time to tell the story of her family’s journey from Benghazi to Bergen-Belsen shifting between the past and the present in the concentration camp.