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"Israeli Joan of Arc" featured in new museum exhibit

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The Illinois Holocaust Museum recently announced its upcoming exhibit, "Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh" on the life of the heroic poet from Budapest known as the "Israeli Joan of Arc."

Senesh (also spelled Szenes) was 23 years old when she was killed by a firing squad after attempting, with help from the British Army, to parachute into the former Yugoslavia to assist in the rescue of Jews about to be deported to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Captured and tortured, she refused to give up details of the mission. Her story is widely known in Israel, where she is considered a national hero.

The exhibit features her personal artifacts and writing.

"We feel privileged to have the opportunity to tell Hannah's story. Her courage and idealism will resonate with younger audiences who will be inspired by her determination to change the world," said Rick Hirschhaut, Executive Director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, in a statement. "This exhibition will move visitors of all ages with the prose and poetry of a young hero, and serve as an example of Jewish response to the Holocaust - bold initiative and action against all odds."

The exhibit runs May 14 - September 8, 2013.

Here's Senesh's hymn "Eli, Eli":

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