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Ida Fink

At a time when Holocaust narratives were expected to be epic tragedies, Ida Landau Fink’s fiction remembered and reimagined the Holocaust with unusual subtlety. Fink studied piano at the Lvov Conservatory until the Germans invaded Poland in 1939 and her family was confined to the Zbarazh ghetto. In 1942 she and her sister escaped, thanks to their non-Jewish appearance and false papers, and remained in Poland throughout the war. In 1957 she left Poland with her family and settled in Israel, where she began learning Hebrew and writing in Polish about the war. She struggled to publish her quiet stories about families eating green apples that would never ripen, or characters imagining the rift with their non-Jewish neighbors in terms of their garden floating away, but finally published her first collection, A Scrap of Time and Other Stories, in 1983 and a novel, The Journey, in 1990. All of her fiction was published first in Polish, with later translations into English and Hebrew. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including the 1985 Anne Frank Prize for Literature, the 1995 Yad Vashem Prize, the 2003 PEN Club Prize, and the 2008 Israel Prize.

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Holocaust partisan and survivor, the writer Ida Fink.

Institution: Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

Date of Birth
November 1, 1921
Place of Birth
Date of Death
September 27, 2011

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ida Fink." (Viewed on February 19, 2019) <>.


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