The grove and the sign in front of it were photographed that day Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
: The Founders’ Grove
The founders of Kibbutz HaOgen, graduates of the Ha - Shomer ha - Tsa’ir youth movement from Czechoslovakia and Hungary, separated from their families in order to leave life in the Diaspora for settlement in Israel.
In 1939, the founders landed on the shores of the country on illegal immigrant ships (the nearby statue symbolizes the illegal immigrant ships) and settled in a temporary camp at Givat Hashomer / Gan Haim near Kfar Saba. Along with a difficult struggle to obtain work and a livelihood all over the country, they began to establish the social and economic base of the kibbutz. Within a few years they were able to establish a number of successful farm industries, including a rubber plant, thus stopping the migration of group members to find jobs around the country. At the end of World War II, members of the movement who remained in Europe and survived the horrors of war and the Holocaust joined the temporary camp of the kibbutz.
In 1947, the group of founders came on the land and established the settlement point of Kibbutz HaOgen in the Hefer Valley. A place where you stand now.
This place, which was desolate and exposed, alongside swampy lands, was established thanks to their vision, initiative, diligence and love of the founders, a thriving community that looked like a thriving park, where they built their home, established an efficient farm, nurtured and served a stratified population and developed advanced industry.
Here they established families, raised their children and educated them according to their principles, and even got to see them integrate and continue on the path they began.
Here they designed a kibbutz based on the principles of sharing and equality, with gratitude and ideological, social and political activity, bustling with a diverse cultural life, a high level of sports and a multifaceted abundant work.
As we stand here at the entrance to the kibbutz, among the trees planted by the founders, where they settled and fulfilled their dream - we will remember them forever.