My God, My God, I pray that these things never end,
The sand and the sea,
The rustle of the waters,
Lightning of the Heavens,
The prayer of Man.
The poem “A Walk to Caesarea” was written by Chana Szenes in 1942.
Chana Szenes was born in Budapest to an assimilated Jewish family of writers, musicians, and poets. Szenes too became a poet at a young age, writing in Hungarian at first and later in Hebrew. Soon she also became a Zionist, and in 1939 she immigrated to Palestine. Two years later she joined Kibbutz Sedot Yam, near the coastal town of Caesarea, where she wrote the poem. "A Walk to Caesara" was written shortly before she left on her mission to Nazi-occupied Europe from which she did not return.
Szenes, as one of the representatives of the Jewish Yishuv who despite the great danger to her life was willing to infiltrate Nazi-occupied Europe, serves as a symbol of the bravery of Jewish female combatants. She was captured, and after her interrogation and torture, was executed as a Jewish combatant.