Israel Defense Forces (IDF) paratroopers participated this week in a joint parachuting event in Slovenia that commemorated 100 years since the birth of paratrooper Hannah Szenes.
The event, in which paratroopers from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and England participated in as well, reconstructed the historic parachuting operation of the first Hebrew paratrooper, Szenes.
In the first part, the IDF troops parachuted from a height of 12,000 feet at Kirki Airport, near the original place where Szenes landed.
The second part of the event consisted of another parachuting Tuesday morning from a height of 1,000 feet.
Szenes, a fervent Zionist and poet, volunteered to assist anti-Nazi forces during World War II as part of a Jewish commando unit within the British army. She was sent on a mission to parachute into Yugoslavia and take part in the rescue of Hungarian Jews.
After joining a partisan group, she was apprehended by Hungarian gendarmes at Hungary’s border. Despite being repeatedly tortured, she refused to provide any information other than her name. She was shot to death at the age of 23 by a firing squad on November 7, 1944.
Photos: IDF Spokesperson's Unit, Jewish National Fund