Hannah Senesh

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

An award-winning play. 

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.


Lexi Rabadi

Creative Team

Written and Directed by

David Schechter

Developed in collaboration with

Lori Wilner

Based upon the diaries and poems of

Hannah Senesh

Translated from the Hungarian by

Marta Cohn and Peter Hay

Music composed and arranged by

Steven Lu

Photo Album

Video feature

“We wanted Hannah not as a martyr, not as a hero. We wanted her as our friend whom we loved and admired. We wanted her to grow old with us.” 

In the news

8/6/19 Algemeiner:  Article/Review

7/25/19 WNYC Radio’s ‘All of It’

7/22/19 Time Out New York

7/9/19 Visible Soul Blog- Interview with Lexi Rabadi by Zach Calhoon

August 3 – September 23, 2019


Hannah Senesh

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