Hannah Senesh

Youth Edition

An immersive three part theatrical and educational experience: A visit to a curated exhibition around the life and impact of Hannah Senesh; immediately followed by a performance of HANNAH SENESH:YOUTH EDITION; immediately followed by a docent led reflection/conversation experience.


On the eve of the Holocaust, many left Europe for Palestine to save themselves. Very few went back to save others.

This one-woman show tells the true story of Hannah Senesh, the heroic young Jewish woman who escaped from Axis-allied Hungary in 1939 to the safety of British Mandate Palestine. There she joined Haganah and then bravely volunteered for a daring Special Operations mission to parachute back into Europe to save Jews from the Holocaust. Hannah’s story and indomitable spirit, along with the moving diary and poetry that she left behind, serve as an enduring inspiration to people everywhere standing up to the powers of hatred and oppression.

Creative Team

Directed and Adapted by
David Schechter
From his original play “ Hannah Senesh (a play with music and song) ”

Based upon the diaries and poems of
Hannah Senesh

Translated from Hungarian by
Marta Cohn and Peter Hay

Developed in collaboration with and originally performed by
Lori Wilner

Music composed and arranged by
Steven Lutvak

“One, Two, Three” composed by
Elizabeth Swados

“Eli, Eli” composed by
David Zehavi

“Soon” adapted and composed by
David Schechter

Thank you

Hannah Senesh: Youth Edition is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Coming in 2024!

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