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This play, which was never performed, was inspired by a real controversy that took place in Slovakia between parachutist Haviva Reick (who arrived in 1944 from pre-state Israel and fell in the line of duty) and a group of young Jewish members of the local resistance. The group, as well as Haviva, belonged to the Zionist movement Hashomer Hatzair. Shaham knew Haviva Reick in the Palmach underground elite force in British Mandatory Palestine. Yudka, the play's main character, represents Haviva Reick. The group members are preparing to retreat in the mountains and to fight. The background was deciding whether to take just young people or also to try to rescue older members of the community, Haviva/Yudka’s belief.


Original or Prominent Production: No Packages was planned to be performed at the 25th jubilee of Kibbutz HaOgen whose members were born in Slovakia.
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Original Language: Hebrew
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The manuscript is in Shaham’s archive at the Kipp Research Center of Hebrew Culture 
and Literature in Tel Aviv University.

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