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

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Super Reviewer
July 18, 2011
A compelling documentary that told the story of Hannah Senesh, a young, idealistic Jewish woman and poet who returns to Hungary from Israel in the final days of WWII, to help her people escape from Hitler's Final Solution. In many ways, her story was similar to many others. "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" comes to mind, but each story is unique and bears telling. In this, the filmmakers wove archival footage with historical still photos and live action recreations of the events in her courageous, but somehow foolhardy, life. The tale it tells is fairly accurate because Hannah was a dedicated diarist who left a detailed record of how she wound up where she did. The tragedy, for me, is that she sacrificed her own young life; but in doing so she caused her mother to come to the attention of the authorities. That selfless action may have resulted in her mother surviving when so many others were shipped off to the death camps. I found this very moving, although it really had nothing new to say, except to remind us that there were many heroes of that period whose stories have yet to be told. I am glad I now know hers.
Super Reviewer
May 10, 2011
"Blessed Is the Match" is a partially rewarding documentary about the life and times of Hannah Senesh who was raised in Budapest before emigrating to Palestine, like many other Jews in the years before World War II. It is there that she volunteers for a military mission to parachute behind enemy lines where she died at the age of 22. Even though the objectives of her mission were not achieved, the documentary points out that it was at least successful in giving hope to Hungarian Jews through a growing sense of Jewish nationalism, just as the Holocaust was becoming reality there.

It is curious that the most pertinent information comes from background material. At the same time, I don't think we really get to know Hannah, with the emotional highlights coming from the testimony of survivors. Since a lot of the documentary is made up of dramatizations, it stands to reason that a more effective approach in telling the story of her life might have been a feature film.
½ February 20, 2011
Interesting portrait of an inspired personality.
½ November 10, 2010
lovely movie a must see movie
October 16, 2010
Not seen by too many viewers, should have received more recognition.
February 13, 2009
i'm doing a project on her, that might be something good to see,if it's not to scary!
February 11, 2009
Going by the trailer definitely looks like a movie that's worth seeing
February 10, 2009
This looks very interesting. I enjoy history, true life stories.
February 8, 2009
If I hear enough good about this I will watch it. Until then - not happening.
January 31, 2009
Oooh, I've read about her and seen an old movie about it. I would love to see it just because it's so amazingy compelling, and I like most movies about WWII and the plight of Jews. But this young Jewish woman was a poet who turned soldier and hero. They name lots of things after her in Isreal she's so famous.
January 30, 2009
Hmm. Wau. Tuleekohan tää Suomeen millon?
½ November 12, 2008
Very well thought out and presented docu-drama of Holocaust heroine. A must-see for school kids and their parents.
½ November 10, 2008
incredible and affecting story
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