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Aharon Appelfeld

Biography

Aharon Appelfeld

Ervin Appelfeld was born in Jadova Commune, StorojineŇ£ County, in the Bukovina region of the Kingdom of Romania, now Ukraine. In 1941, when he was eight years old, the Romanian Army retook his hometown after a year of Soviet occupation and his mother was murdered. Appelfeld was deported with his father to a Nazi concentration camp in Romanian-controlled Transnistria. He escaped and hid for three years before joining the Soviet army as a cook. After World War II, Appelfeld spent several months in a displaced persons camp in Italy before immigrating to Palestine in 1946, two years before Israel's independence. He was reunited with his father after finding his name on a Jewish Agency list. His father had been sent to a ma'abara (refugee camp) in Be'er Tuvia.
 
In Israel, Appelfeld made up for his lack of formal schooling and learned Hebrew, the language in which he began to write. His first literary efforts were short stories, but gradually he progressed to novels. He completed his studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Today, Appelfeld lives in Mevaseret Zion and teaches literature at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Aharon Appelfeld

Books by Aharon Appelfeld

Written by Aharon Appelfeld with illustrations by Philippe Dumas - Children's 8-12, Historical Fiction, Holocaust

Adam and Thomas is the story of two nine-year-old Jewish boys who survive World War II by banding together in the forest. They are alone, visited only furtively, every few days by Mina, a mercurial girl who herself has found refuge from the war by living with a peasant family. She makes secret journeys and brings the boys parcels of food at her own risk.