Authentic Voices | Still Missing
During the attacks of Oct. 7th, Hamas and other terrorist groups abducted an estimated 240 Israelis and foreign nationals. In the months since some of these hostages have been released while some have been declared dead. We encourage you to explore these stories of those still waiting to come home, and reflect on how the stories and their themes can be introduced to your learners.
For more about the ongoing issue of Israeli hostages, review our “FAQ: The Question of Israeli Hostages.”
Note: All stories connected to the October 7 Massacre have disturbing and traumatic elements, of varying degrees. We recommend previewing any content before sharing.
November 30, 2023 | 24 min 05 sec
You have probably heard, or read about, Rachel Goldberg and Jon Polin, the parents of 23-year-old Hersh Goldberg-Polin, who was kidnapped from the Nova Party. In many ways, they’ve emerged as the face of the hostage families. In this sensitive interview, they tell stories about their son and describe their day-to-day life since the day Hersh was taken, injured, into Gaza.
October 12, 2023 | 13 min 30 sec
Karina Ariev, a 19-year-old corporal, was stationed at the Nahal Oz military base on the border with Gaza. Her family hasn’t heard from her since the morning of Saturday, October 7, when she was—most likely—abducted to Gaza. Karina’s sister, Sasha, shares what life has been like since that fateful day.
Content Warning: Sasha details her last correspondence with her sister before she was kidnapped.
The Times of Israel has curated information on many of the hostages and victims who were taken on October 7, 2023, including those whose fate is still unknown. Each piece includes a photograph, their name, and a brief description of who they were.
December 19, 2023
The BBC has collected the stories of those hostages who are still being held, which have either been confirmed by the BBC or credibly reported. This list is regularly updated and names may change, as some people feared kidnapped are confirmed to have been killed or released.
This initiative has collected stories from all of those who were kidnapped by Hamas. Their goal is the safe and immediate return of the hostages, already thousands have joined the movement by hanging photos of the hostages in dozens of cities around the world.