Hanna was born in July 25, 1923 in Haifa to Chaya and Shmuel. Her father came  from  Smolensk  Russia 1922 and married Chaya, whose uncle was the well-known historian Shimon Dubnov. Their household was Zionist traditionalist. Aged eight, Chaya lost her mother, and at sixteen, lost her father. Following their death, she was accepted as a trainee at the Girls’ Workers’ Farm at Afula. In 1941 she met Ya’acov Banai, whom she later married, who was serving  as a Jewish police officer at the Hebrew Settlement Police and  based at the Farm. His changed his code name ‘Shraga’, to ‘Mazal’. When Hanna discovered he was a Lehi member settled in the valley to develop contacts for Lehi, she decided to join his Lehi activities, and march with him in the battle against the foreign regime. She shared her life with him throughout the Lehi years knowing fear, hunger, and the risks of imprisonment and death. Hanna experienced firsthand many underground happenings. After Mazal’s transfer from Haifa to Tel-Aviv, she rented a room for them on 17 Tiomkin St. Yitzhak Shamir (wanted by the British), came to live with them. While still in Haifa Mazal lived in a room with  Lehi member Baruch. Baruch, mortally  wounded, died in the midst of a shootout with the British in Haifa. Mazal travelled to Haifa and went to clear out Baruch’s room. To his surprise, he discovered a note in Baruch’s jacket pocket with the new Tiomkin St. address written upon it. Had the British discovered the room and found the note, results could have been fatal for both Shamir and them. In Hanna’s eighth month of pregnancy, ‘Mazal’ was in Jerusalem for the planned assassination of British High Commissioner Sir Harold MacMichael. This was a time of constant fear, until the birth of their daughter Nili. Following the War of Independence, son Shraga was born. Hanna became a librarian. She and her husband reside in Ramat-Gan. They have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.