Sunday, December 3, 2023

Hannah Szenes

Hannah Szenes “A voice called and I went.” Emigrated from Hungary to Palestine at the beginning of World War II and volunteered for an airborne mission behind enemy lines into Hungary via Yugoslavia. Her official mission was to organize partisan actions against the Nazis in Hungary on behalf of the Allied forces. Her personal mission was to find her mother and to bring hope to her people. Captured and sentenced to death as a spy by the Nazis, she defied her captors throughout and was executed by firing squad on November 7, 1944. She was 23 years old. Israeli poetess and national heroine, Hannah was re-interred in Israel with full military honors in 1950. I use Hannah as an avatar to honor her sacrifice and to bring hope to my nation and to my peoples.