On September 6, 1970, twelve-year-old Martha Hodes and her thirteen-year-old sister experienced a harrowing event when their plane was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Forced to land in the Jordan desert, they, along with fellow hostages, endured six days and nights in captivity. Martha, now a professional historian, recounts this traumatic experience, drawing on archival research, childhood memories, and conversations with others involved. The book, My Hijacking, explores the fear, denial, and empathy that characterized the hostage crisis and sheds light on the lasting impact it had on Martha's understanding of her own family and childhood sorrows.
Written by Martha Hodes. Published by Harper, 2023. Hardcover 380 pages.