Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

Released 2009


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Roberta Grossman
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Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh is the gripping tale of young Hungarian poet and diarist Hannah Senesh. In 1944, Senesh parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe along with a few Jewish volunteers. Their mission was to rescue Jews, and it was the only military mission that was geared towards the rescue of Jews during World War II. This documentary is told solely through the diaries, poems, and letters of Senesh's and through the memories of her that other people held dear. This film begins telling Hannah's story from when she was born, and chronicles her life through the daring, military mission that ended up taking her life. This documentary is the inspiring tale of a young woman who truly believed that a single person could bring change to a war-torn region, and shows that in death, she did make a change for the better in the lives of many Jews.


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  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Senesh was a budding writer, and her poems and diary entries add flavor to an already dramatic tale in Roberta Grossman's Blessed Is the Match.

  • 50

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Documents courage, but steers clear of character.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Because Senesh died so young, it's hard to fill out a film of nearly 90 minutes that claims her as the subject, so director Grossman has resorted to using newsreel footage as well ...

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Historical, Military & War, Profile, Jewish Heritage, History