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Review: Blessed Is The Match

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Blessed Is The Match: The Life and Times of Hannah Senesh. Photo courtesy Katahdin Foundation.

With the heightened sense of urgency that exists throughout the world today, it is easy to be uncertain or afraid. There is a gimme gimme attitude, built partly out of necessity in today’s climate, but also out of generations of relaxed approaches to consumption and spending. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see true stories of unbelievably strong people sacrificing everything they can to help others, many of whom they have never (and may never) meet. With such an ambitious goal, the success is often not in the end result, but in the trying.

Such is the case with Hannah Senesh, a wildly popular Jewish heroine, who is often considered the Hebrew equivalent to Joan d’ Arc. During World War II, as the dissolution of Germany was beginning to come to focus, the efforts of the Final Solution were only ramping up more, and surprisingly the direct response and rescue of any Jews, especially by Jews themselves, had not taken place. Hannah Senesh, to her credit, worked to change that by helping to organize and carrying out the only direct rescue mission for saving Jews in all of World War II. Blessed Is The Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh is that story.