Non-traditional Haggadah with nice illustrations. Accompanied by contemporary passages dealing with the bitter fate of the Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Europe, and the attempts to immigrate to Eretz Israel. Kibbutz Na'an, 1941.
The Haggadah begins with spring songs and excerpts from the traditional Haggadah, followed by original excerpts - "מנגינה לי" by Tchernichovsky, "ביום הזה" by Yosef Haim Brenner, "יצאנו לשנות את פני העולם" by Beilinson. Then comes the long passage written especially for this Haggadah: Titled "On this night" - in which the author of the Haggadah describes at length the establishment of Kibbutz Na'an ten years earlier in 1931: "Only a few of us came to this place, forty-three souls...". The writer describes the difficulties for the first founders who faced dry soil in order to make it flourish. He goes on to describe the terrible events of the Holocaust of European Jewry as they were known in Eretz Israel that year: "And this year too will be a year of great grief which our people have not known for hundreds of years... The forces of evil and malice are rampant in the world... The storm of annihilation sweeps exiles from Israel, who to sword and who to akada and who to slavery and disgrace... and we will hear the cry of our persecuted people among the gentiles, here it rises from the flames of war, from Poland, from Romania, from Bulgaria, from Hungary and Ashkenaz...". He also details the difficulties faced by the immigrants knocking on the doors of the land, trying to make Aliyah from all corners of the diaspora, while calling the British "Nation of tyrannical people": "And our people continue to strive during the war days, in both land and sea, to reach the shore of the land... and they are preceded by the people who are angry and outraged, and thousands of them still remain imprisoned in internment camps here and in distant islands, celebrating the holiday of freedom within the barbed wire fences ...", and expresses the fear of the unknown and the difficulties yet to come. Towards the end of the passage, the writer expresses hope as: "The working man will rise up and shake off again, light the torches of vision, and eradicate evil... because our home will be built strong...".
Later on is a section "To the shores of Eretz Israel waves are rowing " dealing with immigrants trying to reach Eretz Israel, "ברכי נפשי" and "הנה ימים באים".
20 p. 28 cm. Minor tears at the edges of the cover. Good Condition. Former library copy.