Hannah Szenes

Hannah Szenes: Zionist warrior and poet

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are pleased to share Hannah Szenes’ Zionist contributions:
Hannah Szenes, (July 17, 1921 – November 7, 1944) one of the founders of Kibbutz Sdot Yam, was a poet and a Special Operations Executive (SOE) member. She was one of 37 Jewish SOE recruits from British Mandate Palestine to parachute into Yugoslavia during the Second World War. Her mission was to assist anti-Nazi forces and ultimately rescue Hungarian Jews who were about to be deported to the German death camp in Auschwitz.
Hannah Szenes
Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, and despite being imprisoned and tortured, she refused to reveal the details of her mission. She was eventually sent to trial and was executed by a firing squad. She was killed at the age of 23. Hannah Szenes is considered a national heroine in Israel, where her legacy lives on and her poetry is widely known.