Anna’s mother tongue was Hungarian, but in Hebrew her poetry became clear and developed into her own unique voice. In her first Hebrew poem, “The Fires of War”, written in Nahalal in 1940, we notice the noticeable common denominator of most of her poems – the struggle to maintain humanity in the darkest days known by mankind and the knowledge of the Jewish people. The day after the horrifying news of the annihilation of European Jewry was confirmed, Anna wrote her famous poem “A Walk to Caesarea”, known as “Eli Eli…”. The lyrics of the song, which is a kind of prayer, accurately express Anna’s Jewish faith and humanistic view. In May 1944, one month before she was captured in Hungary, Anna wrote her last poem in Hebrew, “Blessed is the Match”. The lyrics are a perfect expression of the simplicity of the necessity to act, while aware that failure may result in her death.
[Prof. Uzi Shavit, “Anna Szenes, Her Life and Diary, The First Complete Edition, 1972 “, p. 59]
Anna Szenes house
Sunday – Thursday, from 10:00 to 16:00
Fridays from 9:00 to 13:00
The museum is closed on Saturday and holidays
The Anna Szenes House complex in Kibbutz Sdot Yam, apart from being a museum, is also a cultural center and a fitting place for holding conferences, seminars, and a variety of social or family events. The place includes a large auditorium in which it is possible to hold lectures, and screen films and presentations with a sound amplification system, a huge screen, and approximately 100 seats. We also have a sprawling lawn with abundant plants that can accommodate up to 300 people, and a large stage for ceremonies and music and dance performances (which also includes a sound amplification system, lighting, and a large screen). The Caesarea Antiquity Museum complex contains an impressive garden, a lovely lawn, and ancient marble items, such as columns, sculptures, and Corinthian capitals.
At the Anna Szenes House, we place a central emphasis on passing down Anna’s story to future generations.
Anna was an inspirational figure, from whom many values can be drawn, such as perseverance, her ability to give, her volunteering spirit, her assertiveness, leadership, and more. In addition, Anna’s story and letters teach us not only about her private world, but also about the period in which she was active, a formative period in the history of the State of Israel, the Jewish people, and the world.
Anna Szenes House offers activities and tours designed for schools and various frameworks of the educational system.
Tours for groups at Anna Szenes House include a variety of options, from the standard tour of the Anna Szenes House, to an extended tour that includes a scenic view from the observation point, a walk on the beach, a visit to the Anna Szenes House, and a visit to the Caesarea Antiquity Museum. The tours are tailored to various types of groups: Senior citizens, schools, families, organizations, companies, and tourists from abroad.
It is also possible to personally adapt the tour to the visit you’re interested in and choose from the options offered: