Deep inside we are all xenophobics, sorting people in us and them. This is a story about what happens when the thin polish of civilization bursts and people start turning on their neighbours.
The Testimony is a feel bad scenario about the course of events in a small village in eastern Poland during the first years of WWII. In a war struck countryside, the Catholics turned against their neighbours, an almost equally large Jewish population, and burned them alive or killed them in other bestialic ways. Because more or less everyone who survived were involved in the killings or benefited from them the truth was denied for a very long time and was not unveiled until recently.
With the help of storytelling techniques we will revisit the events that took place in Jedwabne. You will be playing a witness and a perpetrator trying to remember your part in the murders so many years ago. You will be reliving your memories from the massacre as the story of what happened in the little village unfolds with the help of fragments from different testimonies. There will be brutality, horrors and death. In the end you will have to make a final choice.
The scenario is inspired by the books We from Jedwabne by Anna Bikont and The Neighbours by Jan T. Gross.
Susanne Gräslund & Anders Hultman have both been larping and roleplaying for more than 25 years and organized larps such as “Knappnålshuvudet” and “En stilla middag med familjen”. Anders has also been one of the organizers of the Stockholm Scenario Festival for three years. Despite a lot of experience this is their first published free-form scenario.