Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary, the First Complete Edition

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A wonderful edition of a Jewish WWII heroine's widely read and cherished diary, also including many of Hannah's poems and letters, memoirs written by her mother and accounts by other parachutists who accompanied Hannah on her fateful rescue mission.

Hannah Senesh
Foreword by Marge Piercy
Preface by Eitan Senesh
Afterword by Roberta Grossman, director, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

6 x 9, 368 pp | b/w photos | 978-1-58023-342-2

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Hero • Martyr • Poet
The inspiring story of a remarkable life cut short.

“I don’t think Hannah wanted to die for the sake of having her memory exalted in history or to prove herself equal to a romantic image she conceived for herself. Her purpose wasn’t to die. She died for her life’s purpose.”

—U.S. Senator John McCain, in Why Courage Matters

Hannah Senesh, poet and Israel’s national heroine, has come to be seen as a symbol of Jewish heroism. Safe in Palestine during World War II, she volunteered for a mission to help rescue fellow Jews in her native Hungary. She was captured by the Nazis, endured imprisonment and torture, and was finally executed at the age of twenty-three.

Like Anne Frank, she kept a diary from the time she was thirteen. This new edition brings together not only the widely read and cherished diary, but many of Hannah’s poems and letters, memoirs written by Hannah’s mother, accounts by parachutists who accompanied Hannah on her fateful mission, and insightful material not previously published in English.

Described by a fellow parachutist as a “spiritual girl guided almost by mysticism,” Hannah’s life has something of value to teach everyone. Now the subject of a feature-length documentary, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Hannah’s words and actions will inspire people from each generation to follow their own inner voices, just as she followed hers.

“A powerful book by a young woman who was and remains a true hero to many people. She had much to teach the world when she lived. She has even more to teach it now.”

Deborah E. Lipstadt, PhD, director, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory University

“Her life is an offering, her words a poem, her story an inspiration.”

Elie Wiesel

“Contributes to [your] understanding of and appreciation for Hannah Senesh’s intrepid valor.”

Jewish Journal