10.02.2008 - Aharon Appelfeld

Aharon Appelfeld (Israel) was born in the Ukraine. He garnered global recognition with the novels Badenheim 1939 and Tzili. In 1998 at the request of The New Yorker Appelfeld returned to his birthplace for the first time to write an article. The article grew into The Story of a Life: A Memoir, a book describing Appelfelds life. When Appelfeld was seven years old his childhood abruptly ended when his mother was killed by the Nazis and he was deported along with his father to a concentration camp. He was reunited with his father after finding his name on a the Jewish Agency List in 1946. The reunion was so emotional that Appelfeld has never been able to write about it.