Saturday, November 11, 2006

A hero's day

יום ראשון כ''א בחשון תשס''ז

Today is the yahrtzeit of Hannah Senesh, who was an inspirtation to Jews the world over for her heroic efforts to save her fellow Jews from the Nazi geonocide.

Here is some of what the wikipedia article had to say about her:

Hannah Szenes (or Chana Senesh) (July 17, 1921 — November 7, 1944) was a Hungarian Jew, one of 17 Jews living in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine, now Israel, who were trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia during the Second World War in order to help save the Jews of Hungary, who were about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz. Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned and tortured, but she refused to reveal details of her mission, and was eventually tried and executed by firing squad. She is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where streets are named after her and her poetry is widely known.
May we all be privileged enough to know a small piece of the courage Hannah showed in defending her people.

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