Clubbed and Beaten, the Poet Who Died a Hero

Hannah Szenes. Image from The Times of Isreal.

It had been three long months of torture. Every time the Nazis tried to break her, she refused to give in. Hannah Szenes remained defiant. Even after they dragged her mother in for questioning, she still wouldn’t break. Kneeling before the sadistic officer, Colonel Simon presented her with two choices. Beg for mercy or be shot. She chose death.




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