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Hannah Szenes


Hannah Szenes

During World War II, Hannah Szenes was one of 17 Jews living in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine who were trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia to help save the Jews of Hungary. She was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually executed. Szenes is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where streets are named after her and her poetry is widely known. One of her songs was used to close versions of what film? More… Discuss

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today’s birthday: David Ben-Gurion (1886)


David Ben-Gurion (1886)

Ben-Gurion was one of the founders of the state of Israel and its first prime minister. Born in Russian Poland, he immigrated to Palestine—then part of the Ottoman Empire—at the age of 20 hoping to fulfill the Zionist aspiration of building a Jewish state in historic Israel. He was a founder and leader of the Mapai labor party and an early leader of the trade union Histadrut. What was Ben-Gurion’s stance on the King David hotel bombing perpetrated by the Irgun Zionist group? More… Discuss