Ordinary Heroes: Chana Szenes and the Dream of Zion

Ordinary Heroes: Chana Szenes and the Dream of Zion

by Peter Hay
     
 
A biography of Hannah Senesh based on her diary, letters, and poetry. It tells about her childhood, emigration to Palestine, her decision to parachute into Nazi-occupied Europe to help organize resistance and escape routes, and her execution. Hay, whose mother was a friend of the Senesh family, presents her as a contradictory figure: tough-minded but compassionate,

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A biography of Hannah Senesh based on her diary, letters, and poetry. It tells about her childhood, emigration to Palestine, her decision to parachute into Nazi-occupied Europe to help organize resistance and escape routes, and her execution. Hay, whose mother was a friend of the Senesh family, presents her as a contradictory figure: tough-minded but compassionate, idealistic yet activist, serious but with a mischievous sense of humor.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This dramatic and riveting biography of an Israeli folk hero recounts the story of Szenes, who in September 1939, at age 18, left her comfortable middle-class Hungarian home for Palestine, fired with enthusiasm for the Zionist dream. Five years later, in 1944, she was executed as an Allied spy after having parachuted behind German lines in an abortive rescue mission on behalf of Hungarian Jews. Most biographies of Szenes rightly concentrate on her indomitable heroism and her lyrical, poetic soul. The refreshing feature of this narrative lies in its illumination of the ambivalence experienced by this intellectually gifted teenager who, by sheer willpower, subordinated her profound middle-class urban and cultural interests to the Zionist ideal. Highly recommended for specialist and general reader. Benny Kraut, Judaic Studies Dept., Univ. of Cincinnati

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399131523
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/25/1986
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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