FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 26, 2009

Contact: Peggy Kurtz, Tel: 718-268-5011 ext. 151 E-mail: pkurtz@cqyjcc.org

RESISTANCE LEADER HANNAH SENESH TO BE REMEMBERED BY FELLOW PRISONER

Who was Hannah Senesh? Beloved by many as both a resistance fighter during World War II and as a poet, whose impassioned words have become immortalized in much loved Israeli songs, very few people know about her earlier life. On Tuesday, March 31, at 1 p.m., Blessed is the Match, a powerful documentary film on the life and death of Hannah Senesh, will screen at the Central Queens YM & YWHA together with a talk by Susan Beer, a fellow prisoner with Hannah Senesh, at a Gestapo prison in Hungary.

An impassioned young Zionist, Hannah Senesh immigrated to Palestine from her native Hungary in 1939. In 1944, she joined a mission to rescue Jews in Hungary, parachuting in behind enemy lines. There she was captured, tortured, and ultimately executed by Nazis a few days before her twenty third birthday and a few months before the liberation of Hungary. Her poetry and her journals have lived on in the public imagination, fervent expressions of idealism and love of life. Blessed is the Match is the first documentary film to explore this young woman