Chanah Senesh was born in Hungary in
1921. Her father Bella Senesh was an author. At age eighteen
she emigrated to Palestine where she studied agriculture.
Later she joined the kibbutz Sedot Yam Caesarea. At this
time she wrote poems and also joined the underground
movement in Palestine. During WW II in January of 1944 she
was sent to Yugoslavia and continued on to her native
Hungary. She was soon captured by the Nazis due to an
informer. Chanah Senesh was held in prison where she was
interrogated and tortured by the Nazis. She was sentenced to
death in November 1944 and faced a firing squad without a
blindfold and with her head held high. Her remains were
brought to Israel in 1950 where she was buried with full
state honors in the national cemetery on Mt. Herzel. This
pendant was one of her poems: "A walk to Caesarea" better
known as "Eli Eli". The translation is: "O Lord, my G-d. I
pray that these things never end: The sand and the sea, the
rush of the waters, the crash (thunder) of the heavens, the
prayer of the heart".
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