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Reel Learning

Song of Hannah



Song of Hannah is a 45-minute film by Nicole Opper exploring the life of Hannah Senesh. In 1944 Hannah left her kibbutz in Palestine and parachuted into Hungary to rescue victims of the Holocaust. She was imprisoned, tortured and killed at age twenty-three. Opper weaves Hannah's poems and writings together with interviews with Hannah's family and students from the Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, USA.

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Audience: Middle School, High School, College, and Adult


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Resource Guide

  • The accompanying resource guide provides background information, texts, lesson plans and activity ideas, and additional resources for teachers.
  • The guide is a flexible tool, allowing teachers to choose which areas of the film they wish to expand on in their classes and then adapt the material and outside links to best meet the needs of their students.
  • Option to screen film in smaller segments and engage students in discussion immediately after each screening.


Content Areas

  • Film and Media Studies, Holocaust Studies, Judaic Studies, Jewish leaders and heroes, Zionism, Establishment of the State of Israel.
  • A unique creative entry point for students to explore a period in Jewish history and the themes of social action, heroism and Jewish values.
  • Students learn to critically analyze film.
  • An appropriate film for Yom HaShoah or Yom Ha'aztmaut programming.


Curriculum Components

  • Song of Hannah DVD
  • 40-page Educator's Resource Guide
  • Ongoing Implementation Support



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