Journalist Ruth Bondy made larger events more relatable for readers through her insightful human interest stories. Bondy joined the Zionist youth group Noar Ziyyoni Lohem and planned to make Aliyah, but was sent to Thereseinstadt in 1941 and moved to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943. After the war, she returned to Prague, where she joined a fighting unit of Jews determined to fight for Israel’s independence, arriving in Haifa on December 31, 1948. Once in Israel, she began working as a Hebrew teacher and a reporter for Omer, a newspaper published in basic Hebrew geared to immigrants. By 1953 she was also writing human interest pieces for Devar in Tel Aviv. In 1973 she published her first book, The Emissary, an account of a WWII parachutist. She followed this with a profile of the chairman of the Thereseinstadt Council of Elders and a translation of Kamarand, the children’s newspaper from the camp. In 1981 she became a member of Sovlanut, a non-partisan movement for tolerance and the prevention of violence, but distanced herself from the group in frustration in 1995 after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. She continues to write nonfiction and translate works from Czech to Hebrew.
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