Tags: Hannah Senesh

A Voice Called and I Went [קול קרא והלכתי]

A play about Hannah Senesh (Zenes), the Israeli paratrooper. The play follows her from childhood to her mission and death. The text is composed of segments from diaries, testimonies, poems, etc.

Blessed Be the Match [אשרי הגפרור]

A seven-scene epic play about the paratrooper Hannah Senesh, emphasizing the martyrdom elements of her story, compering her to Joan of Arc. The play juxtaposed with other Jewish stories of martyrdom.

Blessed Is the Match

The heroic life of Hannah Senesh, the Hungarian born twenty-three year old, who had emigrated to Palestine in 1939, then recruited by the British to be parachuted into Yugoslavia in 1944 to try to prevent the deportation of Hungarian Jews, and ultimately captured, tortured, and executed by the Nazis, is dramatized.

Hanna Senesh [חנה סנש]

The true story of the Jewish girl the Allies sent to Nazi-occupied Hungary in an attempt to save the country’s Jewish population. Hannah Senesh was living in Israel on a kibbutz, but when the horror of the camps came to her attention, she joined the Resistance and became a paratrooper. She was sent to Hungary, where she was captured, tortured and interrogated in jail, until her identity was discovered. Her mother was also captured, in order to pressure Hanna to talk. Hannah stands trial, and in the end is sentenced to death.


A piece of dramatic documentary theatre, crafted around the historically accurate events in the life of Hannah Senesh, a paratrooper during World War II, who volunteered for a mission with the British armed forces to evacuate Jewish citizens out of her native Hungary.

Hannah Senesh

Hannah Senesh is a one-woman piece with music that recounts the true story of this heroic Hungarian-Jewish girl. Hannah Senesh was a young Jew, an ardent Zionist, who left her native Hungary on the eve of World War II and settled in Palestine. She parachuted several years later, with 31 other Palestinians, into Yugoslavia, tried to enter Hungary to help Jews escape the Nazis, was caught by the Germans, and executed at the age of 22. Despite terrible torture, she refused to betray others. Her death and her life have served as inspiration for later generations.

Hannah’s Road [דרכה של חנה]

A retelling of the heroism of Hannah Senesh, who escaped to Palestine from Nazi Europe, then parachuted into Yugoslavia to try to rescue Hungarian Jews, but was captured and executed by the Nazis at the age of 23.

Happiness of Man [אושרו של אדם]

On the life of Enzo Sereni, one of the paratroopers who went with Hannah Senesh. When Enzo is caught and locked up in the Dachau camp, he shares a cell with two Italian monks. They speak of philosophy and religion. He speaks of hope and humankind, happiness and purpose, saying he’s happy even here because he has a purpose, a role. The monks are thrilled and exited, feeling that they have seen the light of understanding. Enzo is taken to be interrogated, after which he will be shot.


Also known as Hannah, this theatre piece employs a combination of script, mime, dance, and music. The text is made up of excerpts from Hannah Senesh's diaries as well as letters and other documentary materials from 1937 to 1944.

Only the Stars Have Been this Close [רק הכוכבים היו קרובים כל כך]

Dr. Horowitz, an ageing researcher, is cooped up in his small Tel Aviv apartment, writing about the birth of the Hannah Senesh myth. But slowly, as he looks at her life, he falls in love with her.