Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh [DVD] [2008]

  • SKU: 18469548
  • Release Date: 04/13/2010
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Deleted scenes and interviews
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
  • Theatrical trailer


Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
The meteoric emotional and intellectual development of Hungarian Jewish poet Hannah Senesh coincided neatly with the rapid-fire rise of anti-Semitic racial hostilities throughout Europe during WWII -- thus predestining Hannah for the life and role of a resistance fighter. The attempt that Hannah made to rescue Jews from the grim jaws of the Holocaust may have ultimately proven unsuccessful, but projected astounding nobility, fortitude, and self-sacrifice, and marked one of the only external rescue efforts of its kind mounted specifically for Hungarian Jews. An emigrant to Palestine, Senesh joined a British resistance force known as the Special Operations Executive, or SOE (which trained her as a parachutist), then helped devise a plot to parachute into Yugoslavia and deliver the Jews prior to the pending German occupation. Tragically, when Senesh and two male colleagues reached Yugoslavia, they learned that the Germans had already arrived in Bucharest, prompting the other two to turn back. Senesh marched on unabated, however, and ultimately fell prey to repeated torture and murder at the hands of the Nazis. As narrated by Oscar nominee Joan Allen, Blessed Is the Match marks the first documentary to relay Senesh's story for the sake of posterity. It blends dramatic reenactments featuring actresses Marcela Nohynkova and Meri Roth with recitations from Senesh's letters to her mother, interviews with the other parachutists and with kibbutz members, and a discussion with historian Sir Martin Gilbert -- which collectively etch out a portrait of an indomitable spirit with unfathomable courage. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Joan Allen
    Joan Allen - Narrator
  • Alona Tal
    Alona Tal

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    A Long Overdue Tribute To A Remarkable Human Being


    This is a fine documentary about one of the most outstanding personalities of the 20th Century, Hannah Senesh. "Blessed Is the Match" provides a welcome and long overdue glimpse into the life and experiences of the young Hungarian-Jewish heroine of World War II. A mix of period footage, never-before seen family photographs and artful reenactments enhance Senesh's story, related here by Historians, Sir Martin Gilbert and Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz; Senesh's nephews, Eitan and David; two of her parachutist colleagues (Reuven Dafni and Surika Bravermann), and a number of witnesses who spent time with her in prison before her execution death in 1944. Hannah Senesh is one of those exceptional human beings - brilliant and brave - who had so much to give to the world, but whose life was extinguished far too soon. Although she was only 23 years-old when she died, Senesh left behind a wealth of writings that reveal a dynamic, keenly intelligent, sensitive and solidly moral character. These documents include letters, a personal diary and a treasure-trove of beautiful and inspiring poetry that has been widely-read and admired throughout the world for decades. The film "Blessed Is the Match" is very well-made and serves as a modern memorial to this remarkable young woman who was not only a gifted writer, but a devoted daughter and sister, a courageous heroine, and a truly great soul whose untimely death was a loss to us all.

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