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E 1721,1923 / Deviants 1975
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20'40''
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2012
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The tale of “The Ninety-Three,” as it became known, was based on the suicide note of Haya Feldman, a teacher in the Beit-Ya’acov girl seminary in the Krakow ghetto. The letter, published in 1943 in the New York Times, tells the story of the mass suicide of the seminary’s 93 students and teachers, who chose to take their lives rather than fall into the hands of Nazi soldiers. The original letter was a fake, and the girls’ heroic myth of sacrifice has long been disproved by researchers from the Yad Vashem Center for Holocaust Research. Nir Evron, creator of Cover Version, does not seek to shatter this tale that has already been shattered, but to add a new layer to its cultural archive, by inviting four additional letters from contemporary Israeli writers. The new texts, alongside the “original” one, are read by five actresses in a recording studio. On the other side of the screen, images of seven streets named after “The Ninety-Three” are displayed. Evron produces a document in which politics is not made of truth but rather produces it.

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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

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The tale of “The Ninety-Three,” as it became known, was based on the suicide note of Haya Feldman, a teacher in the Beit-Ya’acov girl seminary in the Krakow ghetto. The letter, published in 1943 in the New York Times, tells the story of the mass suicide of the seminary’s 93 students and teachers, who chose to take their lives rather than fall into the hands of Nazi soldiers. The original letter was a fake, and the girls’ heroic myth of sacrifice has long been disproved by researchers from the Yad Vashem Center for Holocaust Research. Nir Evron, creator of Cover Version, does not seek to shatter this tale that has already been shattered, but to add a new layer to its cultural archive, by inviting four additional letters from contemporary Israeli writers. The new texts, alongside the “original” one, are read by five actresses in a recording studio. On the other side of the screen, images of seven streets named after “The Ninety-Three” are displayed. Evron produces a document in which politics is not made of truth but rather produces it.

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis