This guide includes classroom strategies and activities that will support students as they consider the significance of Hannah Senesh's life and the legacy that she leaves for young people today. Students study Senesh's poetry, letters, and diary entries as they consider themes such as adolescent voice, heroism, and activism, as well as the historical context of the film. This guide was written for the educational version of the film, created in partnership with Katahdin Productions.
At a time when much of the world turned a blind eye toward the Holocaust, Hannah Senesh could not stand idly by. Hannah was a Hungarian Jew who, after emigrating to Palestine, joined the British army to parachute into Europe in 1944 in a mission to save the Jews of Hungary. This documentary presents her story through interviews, eyewitness accounts, rare family photographs and her own writings as well as those of her mother, Catherine Senesh. It retraces Hannah's mission, reconstructs her defiant months in a Gestapo prison during the summer of 1944 and - through Hannah's diary entries and poetry - looks back on her extraordinary life and dedication.