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Bel Kaufman
Gennadiy Prashkevich (left) and Bel Kaufman (second from right)
Born (1911-05-10)May 10, 1911
Died July 25, 2014(2014-07-25) (aged 103)
Education Columbia University (MA)
Alma mater Hunter College (1934)
Occupation Writer, instructor
Known for Up the Down Staircase (novel)

Bella "Bel" Kaufman (May 10, 1911 - July 25, 2014) was an American teacher and author of Jewish-Ukrainian descent. She was best known for writing the 1965 bestselling novel Up the Down Staircase.

Kaufman was born in Berlin, Germany to Jewish-Russian parents. She was raised in Odessa and Kiev, Ukraine.

Kaufman died at home in New York City on July 25, 2014, aged 103.

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