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Shlomo and Hanna Margalit - Nir Oz

We meet Shlomo and Hanna in their current home in Carmei Gat.

Shlomo is one of the founders of the kibbutz, while Hanna was from the first group of pioneers that came to Nir Oz in 1962. Their three adult children and grandchildren do not live on the kibbutz.


On October 7, they were both at home, and when the attack began at half past six in the morning, they quickly entered the MAMAD (safe room).

Their house is adjacent to the kibbutz's fence and as they heard shouts in Arabic Hanna felt as if it was the end of the world. A moment later they heard the terrorists entering the house and shooting.

The terrorists tried to enter the MAMAD (safe room) and a battle began. Shlomo intuitively built a barrier made of a cabinet on wheels and stamp   albums and placed it on the MAMAD (safe room) handle. Shlomo held the cabinet and thus prevented it from moving while Hanna sat in the MAMAD (safe room), saying goodbye to everyone in her heart.


The terrorists entered the house three more times, each time breaking and ruining what was left. Each time Hanna said goodbye to everyone in her heart.

After a few hours the army arrived at the kibbutz and around 7pm the soldiers arrived at their home. Hanna opened the door of the MAMAD (safe room) and "fell into the soldiers’ arms". She and Shlomo joined all the members of the kibbutz who were moved to a safe place outside the kibbutz.

Hanna and Shlomo decided to bring two pieces that were in their living room and were damaged that Shabbat.

The first - a standing lamp that Shlomo inherited from his mother, a lamp that his mother bought decades ago and used for many years. The second one is an armchair that Shlomo and Hanna had bought, in which they used to relax.  

While renewing the lamp, Maya found another piece of history at the bottom, of which Shlomo was unaware: a purchase stamp from the late 1950s, early 1960s, indicating the year of purchase of the lamp.

We wrapped both pieces with a lot of love and attention so that they can be used in the future as well.

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