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Hannah Senesh archives, including handwritten poems, come to National Library

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It’s been 76 years since Hungary-born poet and paratrooper Hannah Senesh, at the age of 23, was parachuted into occupied Europe by the British in an attempt to save Hungarian Jews from the Nazi death camps.

Senesh was captured, tortured and executed in Hungary, but her story and poems have lived on.

Her archives, which include poems, diaries, songs and letters found in a suitcase under her bed after the war, have been transferred to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, offering global access to the iconic heroine for the first time.

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It’s a moment of pride for the national library to include the complete Hannah Senesh Archival Collection along with other greats of early modern Hebrew language, said David Blumberg, chairman of the National Library.

“The people of Israel will be able to view her archives, offering another exposure of this heroine to Israeli culture and society,” said Blumberg. Hannah Senesh with chickens on Mosha Nahalal, part of the Hannah Senesh Collection that is now part of Israel’s National Library (Courtesy National Library of Israel)

For many, Senesh, or Senesz,........

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