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Capital District Council for the Social Studies  (Albany, NY)

Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration

  • 09 Nov 2010
  • 7:00 PM
  • Page Hall, University at Albany downtown campus, 135 Western Ave, Albany, NY

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7:00 pm

Premiere One Time Screening |Free and open to the public

Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh is the extraordinary and inspiring documentary about the poet, diarist, resistance fighter and heroine, who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Hungary. Narrated by acclaimed actress Joan Allen, Blessed Is the Match is the first movie about her life and the only military rescue to save Jews during the Holocaust

Senesh was recruited by the British as one of a group of 37 Jews, who parachuted into Nazi controlled territory on a rescue mission to save Allied fliers and Jews in her native Hungary. Hannah parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis. Incredibly, her mother Catherine witnessed the entire ordeal - first as a prisoner with Hannah and later as her advocate, braving the bombed-out streets of Budapest in a desperate attempt to save her daughter.

The event will feature Susan Beer, who was with Hannah Senesh in a Budapest prison. She survived Auschwitz, the January 18, 1945 evacuation and death march to Ravensbruck concentration camp and its liberation.

"The name of this documentary comes from one of her last poems Blessed Is the Match, which is about the power within people to bring light into darkness" - Joseph Serge, Canadian Jewish News

Study Guide Available! There is no fee. Registration is required for a Certificate of Participation from the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. For more information, contact Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center at 694-9984 or email

Page Hall, University at Albany downtown campus

135 Western Ave, Albany, New York

Sponsored by: Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center, the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, the Judaic Studies Department at the University at Albany.

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