Sunday, May 04, 2008

Israeli Air Force F-15 Eagles Over Auschwitz

Holocaust Remembrance Day was last Thursday. This week it's Israel's Memorial Day followed by the celebration of its 60th Independence Day.

This confluence of memorials and anniversaries, near-annihilation, memory of strife, and re-birth, is etched upon Jewish history.

Watch the video.

The song being sung at the beginning of the clip was authored by Hannah Senesh*:

A walk to Caesaria/ by Hannah Senesh

אלי, אלי, שלא יגמר לעולם
החול והים
רישרוש של המים
ברק השמים
תפילת האדם

And my translation:

My God, My Own God
Let this never end
the sea, the sand,
the whispering water
the splendour of the sky
a prayer of the human heart

" Hannah Szenes (or Chana Senesh) (July 17, 1921November 7, 1944) was a Hungarian Jew, one of 37 Jews living in Palestine, now Israel, who were trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia during the Second World War in order to help save the Jews of Hungary, who were about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz.[1]

Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned and tortured, but she refused to reveal details of her mission, and was eventually tried and executed by firing squad.[1] She is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where streets are named after her and her poetry is widely known.


At 8:31 PM EDT, Blogger Bald Headed Geek said...

CC, I got your book meme the other week, and I WILL respond, probably early this week. Sorry for the delay......


At 8:44 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

No sweat. I'll look out for it:-)


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