I Loved the Warm Sunny Skies…

Hannah Szenes 
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Hannah Szenes (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

“There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct.”

Hannah Szenes… 69 years ago today she was executed.

Zionist. Poet and playwright. Born in Hungry. Emigrated to British Palestine.

Remember her.

In 1941 she wrote:

To die,
so young to die.
No, no, not I,
I loved the warm sunny skies,
light, song, shining eyes,
I want no war, no battle cry,
No, no, not I.

Hannah joined the Haganah. Enlisted in WWII British Army Special Ops. Parachuted into Yugoslavia. Reconned behind enemy lines into Hungary to save Jews destined for Auschwitz. Was arrested. Interrogated. Tortured. And tried for treason.

My God, may these things never end,
The sand and the sea,
The rustle of the waters,
Lightning of the Heavens,
The prayer of Man.


 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Executed by German firing squad on November 7, 1944 – at age 23.

Her remains were buried on Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem, in 1950.

Remember her for a moment… and her prophetic words:

There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world even though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.


About the Author
Joanna M. Saidel, Ph.D was the personal research assistant for the late Professor Benzion Netanyahu, father of the current prime minister, from 2000 to 2010. She authored the Doctoral dissertation, Revisionist Zionism in America: The Campaign to Win American Public Support, 1939-1948, and the Master’s thesis, Jewish Life in Latin America. She was awarded "First Place" in the International Art Competition, "My Jerusalem," by Mayor Teddy Kollek and Baron Edmond de Rothschild.