Women of Valor: Partisans and Resistance Fighters
Katherine Szenes | Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Footnotes

Katherine Szenes - Footnotes

1. The Kibbutz was founded in 1940, located just south of Caesarea on the Mediterranean coast, at the edge of the Plain of Sharon.

2. Hannah Senesh, Her Life & Diary, (NY: Schocken Books, 1972), p.125.

3. Dr. Reszo Rudolf Kasztne was a leader of the Zionist Movement in Rumania and Hungary. In the early war years he was involved in rescuing refugees from Poland and Slovakia, and then he negotiated with officers of the Reich Security Main Office on behalf of Hungarian Jewry, particularly in regard to the "Blood for Goods" exchange. These negotiations resulted in the transfer of two transports of Jews, known as the "Kasztner Transports", totalling 1686 people, to Switzerland. The issue of these negotiations and transports is a controversial one, involving charges of collaboration, favouritism and slander. Kasztner was shot and died in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1957, after a trial and appeal which vindicated him.

4. Hannah Senesh, Her Life & Diary, "Meeting in Budapest", pp.228-230.

5. Ibid. Pp.231-233.

6. Ibid., pp.236-239.

7. Joel Palgi was one of the group of Palestinian Jewish parachutists. He parachuted into Yugoslavia shortly after Hannah, and they had planned to meet in Budapest. Palgi waited for Hannah for two weeks before his own arrest and imprisonment. Palgi was shocked to learn of Hannah's imprisonment from one of the guards at the Hungarian Army Prison. When he was transferred to the German Police Prison, he was told by other prisoners about the remarkable Palestinian girl who have them hope. Joel Palgi survived the war, returned to Palestine, and later held important positions with El Al Israel Airlines and was Ambassador to Tanzania.

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