19.04.2011 15.Nisan, 5771 Pessah 1
All I wanted to know was why they had brought in hametz. Did they not care that it was already Pessah?
In early November 1947, Dorothy (Devora) Berman of Glasgow, aged 20, set sail for Palestine to participate in the “Machon LeMadrichei Chul” (Institute for Diaspora Youth Leadership) training program of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem.
The program was held in conjunction with the Jewish National Fund. This was one of the earliest sessions of the famous Machon program which still functions today. The group was due to have left Jerusalem in March 1948 but was unable to leave the city due to the siege and was forced to remain in the city for Pessah and until the first cease-fire in June. Berman found herself witness to historical events of unprecedented drama and importance. She kept a diary in which she wrote every day, wrote long and detailed letters home, took photographs and saved mementos of the events around her. In the diary, she describes Seder night in Jerusalem in 1948 and how Haganah soldiers thwarted her efforts to make the place kosher for Pessah. She yelled at them, and the next day they left to fight in the battle for Sheikh Jarrah….