Hannah Senesh, 1921-1944

Senesh, a native of Hungary, became a martyr and inspiration to generations of soldiers. She was a poet best known for “Eli Eli” (“Oh, God, My God”) who immigrated to Palestine in 1939. A Haganah fighter, she joined paratroopers trained by the British to organize resistance in Nazi-occupied Europe. In 1944 she parachuted into Yugoslavia, where she wrote “Blessed Is the Match.” She was captured trying to enter Hungary and was executed.

Photo: National Photo Collection of Israel