Anda Pinkerfeld Amir helped shape two branches of Hebrew literature as an innovative, modernist Israeli poet and as a writer of children’s books that tackled difficult subjects like war and death. Amir began writing Polish poetry as a child, publishing her first collection, Pie’sni Zycia (Song of Life) at age eighteen. A member of the Zionist group Ha-Shomer ha-Za’ir, Amir tried to make Aliyah in 1920, returned to Poland, then married and made a successful second attempt with her husband in 1924. She published her first volume of Hebrew poems in 1929, Yamim Dovevim (Whispering Days). After WWII, Amir worked in Displaced Persons camps in Germany, and the experience shaped her writing—she was one of the few Israeli poets, male or female, to discuss the Holocaust. While much of her writing for children was playful, she also discussed difficult topics like the casualties of Israel’s wars in books like Sod im Ahi ha-Gadol (A Secret with My Older Brother). Amir’s work has garnered her the Bialik Prize in 1936, the Haim Greenberg Prize in 1971, and the Israel Prize in 1978.
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