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"Hannah": Radio Script

Hannah on Local Radio
After "Ask...Hannah" was used in the Hadassah campaign, Hannah's story was converted into a radio drama script, titled "Case History #20,000," which was to be performed by local Hadassah groups around the country. The script was sent to local Hadassah chapters around the country and leaders were directed to secure radio time for the script to be performed. Local actors would perform the script on air, including a “talented child, preferably [one] working with a dramatic group,” who would act as Hannah.

Horror of the Holocaust minimized
The script dramatized Hannah's story as a conversation between Hannah and a social worker from Youth Aliyah and minimized the horror of Hannah's experience by skipping the detail that she had to crawl out of a mass grave over her father's body. Instead, when the interviewer asked, “How did you escape, Hannah?” she answered, “I went up the sides and ran away.” Otherwise, the dramatized story is the same as that in the brochure, employing the same language and ending with the same assertion that “Youth Aliyah will be brother and sister, and father and mother to you.”

Fundraising potential
The script echoes the brochure in placing Hannah's story into the service of fundraising by including the following line: “Hadassah is now engaged in a nationwide campaign to raise $1,400,000 for Youth Aliyah.” Because the script was meant to be performed on local radio stations and intended to reach a much larger audience than the brochure, the language about fundraising was more general and less individualized. Nonetheless, Hannah's story was still meant to provoke an emotional reaction in listening audiences that would contribute to Hadassah's ongoing work with Jewish children.
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