Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
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Narrated by Academy Award® winner Joan Allen, the multi-award-winning BLESSED IS THE MATCH follows the remarkable journey of this young Hungarian poet and diarist, paratrooper and resistance fighter. Told through Hannah s letters, diaries, and poems, her mother s memoirs, and the recollections of those who knew and loved her (including two of her fellow parachutists), the film traces her life from her childhood in Budapest to her time in British-controlled Palestine where she was drawn by the Kibbutz Movement that sought to build an independent Jewish state to her daring mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary.
Both devastating and inspiring, BLESSED IS THE MATCH offers an intimate portrait of a singularly talented, courageous and complex girl who believed that one person could be a flame that burns brightly in even the darkest hours.
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Hannah Senesh is one of those exceptional human beings - brilliant and brave - who had so much to give to the world, but whose life was extinguished far too soon. Although she was only 23 years-old when she died, Senesh left behind a wealth of writings that reveal a dynamic, keenly intelligent, sensitive and solidly moral character. These documents include letters, a personal diary and a treasure-trove of beautiful and inspiring poetry that has been widely-read and admired throughout the world for decades. Her image has long been shrouded in myth, but the real-life Hannah Senesh was far more intriguing and complex, and her experiences far more compelling, than any myth could hope to portray.Read more ›
By way of comparison, another biography of her life can be seen in the VHS "Hanna's War".
Imagine being safe in Palestine, away from the Holocaust, yet deciding to parachute back to the maelstrom to help other Jews. No group of persons...other than the Jews of Palestine...attempted such a rescue. Only 30 Jews had the courage, including 3 women. and one of the three was Hannah Senesh. Even though she did not succeed in her defined military mission, she continued the mission, nonetheless in prison. Here, through her friendship and courage, she offered other imprisoned Jews hope that others might come after her to rescue them from Fascist death. What is the meaning of hope? Hannah Senesh provides an answer - her indomitable spirit is the answer.
I had tears by the end of the film...but some of the salt of my weeping was also the sense of joy in the goodness that still resides in humanity. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."- M. Mead.
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It is a story of a very courageous Jewish woman in WWII. Very well presented and one of those
"must see" movies.
Very interesting and informative. We should all know about these hero's and never forget this dark period of mankind.Published 7 months ago by Wes Pritchett
If you appreciate modern history and true life stories of courage, this is for you.Published 7 months ago by Keren Pryor
For me this was an outstanding documentary; extremely well done to further enlighten us as to the evils of the holocaust. Read morePublished 10 months ago by antaeaventura
Well researched and presented documentary. They made the viewer feel in touch with Hannah, as well as with her Mother. What a sad waste of her young life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carole E. Maguire
wonderfully presented....I truly enjoyed this story! A beautiful documentary!Published 13 months ago by rona l wagner
Balances very well facts and emotions. Expertly written and narrated.Published 15 months ago by Joe Rubinsztain