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Aharon Appelfeld
Appelfeld at a conference in Espace culturel Cité, Luxembourg City, 2014.
Appelfeld at a conference in Espace culturel Cité, Luxembourg City, 2014.
Born (1932-02-16)February 16, 1932
Jadova, Romania (now Ukraine)
Died January 4, 2018(2018-01-04) (aged 85)
Mevaseret Zion, Jerusalem
Occupation Novelist
Language Hebrew
Citizenship Israeli
Alma mater The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Notable awards

Aharon Appelfeld (Hebrew: אהרן אפלפלד‎‎; born Ervin Appelfeld; February 16, 1932 – January 4, 2018) was a Romanian-born Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor. He lived in Mevaseret Zion and taught literature at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and was often writing in Jerusalem's Ticho House (Beit Ticho).

In 2007, Appelfeld's Badenheim 1939 was adapted for the stage and performed at the Gerard Behar Center in Jerusalem.

In 1941, when he was nine 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.

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