Hannah Szenes

Playwright, Military Person

1921 – 1944

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Who was Hannah Szenes?

Hannah Szenes was one of 37 Jews from Mandatory Palestine parachuted by the British Army into Yugoslavia during the Second World War to assist in the rescue of Hungarian Jews about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz.

Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, then imprisoned and tortured, but refused to reveal details of her mission. She was eventually tried and executed by firing squad. She is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where her poetry is widely known and the headquarters of the Zionist youth movements Israel Hatzeira, a kibbutz and several streets are named after her.

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Born
Jul 17, 1921
Budapest
Also known as
  • Hannah Senesh
  • Chana Senesh
  • חנה סנש
  • Szenes Anikó
Parents
Siblings
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
  • Hungarian people
Nationality
  • Hungary
Profession
Died
Nov 7, 1944
Hungary
Resting place
Mount Herzl

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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