Blessed Is The Match – The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh is the heartbreaking World War II story of a young Jewish women, Hannah Senesh, who’d emigrated from Hungary to Palestine, but later joined the British Army, parachuted into Yugoslavia and tried to sneak into her native country in a valiant attempt to save the Jewish community–including her mother–from death at the hands of Hungarian Nazis.
It’s a harrowing Holocaust story. In 1944, Hannah was living safely in Palestine, but she was worried about her family still in Hungary and she volunteered for a clandestine military mission to parachute into Yugoslavia, sneak across the border into Hungary and attempt to rescue the Jewish community–including Catherine, her mother–and lead them to safety. The film makes the point that, shamefully, this was the only such military rescue mission attempted during World War II. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN.