During WWII, Hannah Szenes volunteered to parachute into Yugoslavia. She retrieved valuable information before she was captured and executed.
Hanna Szenes Mini-Statue
Address: Szenes Hanna Park – Budapest
GPS: 47.505547, 19.071897
Born in 1921, Hannah Szenes was a gifted poet and playwright, that lived in Palestine.
Despite being safely away from the Holocaust, she enlisted in the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She worked with partisans disrupting Nazi activity and preventing deportations to concentration camps.
On March 14, 1944, she and two colleagues were parachuted into Yugoslavia and learned that Hungary was Nazi-occupied. The two men that were with her returned home as their mission was completed. Szenes could have ended here mission there, but she pressed onwards toward the Hungarian border.
As she continued to move toward Hungary, she was able to share incredibly valuable information. Eventually, she was arrested by Hungarian guards.
Hanna Szenes was brutally tortured but never revealed her transmitter code, which would have allowed the Nazis trap others like her. She was tried for treason and executed by a firing squad.
Szenes kept diary entries until her last day. One of them read: “In the month of July, I shall be twenty-three/I played a number in a game/The dice have rolled. I have lost,”
And her last entry read: “I loved the warm sunlight.”
On International Women’s Day 2020 sculptor Mihály Kolodko unveiled his tiny-sculpture tribute to Hannah Szenes.
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