Hannah Senesh

How this Hungarian Jew became a national heroine of Israel.

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Katharine Senesh, who escaped from the infamous Budapest "Death March," hid in that city until its liberation by the Soviet forces in January 1945. Having immigrated to Palestine where she joined her surviving child, Giora, she became an instrumental part of the Hannah Senesh legend, based on her daughter's courageous life and death, brought to public knowledge by fifteen editions of her daughters diary, poetry, and plays, that have since been published in Hebrew.

In 1950 Hannah Senesh's remains were brought to Israel where they were buried in the "Parachutists' section" in the military cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem. In the same year a kibbutz was founded and called Yad Hannah in her memory.

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Judith  Tydor Baumel

Judith Tydor Baumel chairs the Graduate Program in Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University where she is a professor of modern Jewish history. She has published extensively on the Holocaust, the State of Israel, gender and memory.