Platform for Jewish-Polish Dialogue  

Miriam Akavia

Miriam Akavia (b. 1927; Krakow, Poland) went through the Holocaust in the Krakow ghetto, Plaszow, and Auschwitz and later to Bergen-Belsen. In 1946 she arrived in Israel via Sweden. Akavia, a licensed nurse, also studied Literature and History at Tel Aviv University. She worked at the Jewish Agency, and served as Israel's social and cultural attache in Budapest and Stockholm. She began publishing in 1975, describing her childhood and her Holocaust and post-war experiences. Miriam Akavia translates Polish literature into Hebrew and Hebrew into Polish. She was awarded the 1978 Yad Va-Shem Prize and several other prizes in Israel, Poland and Germany.

Books Published in Hebrew

  • "An End to Childhood" (novel), Tamuz, 1975 [Neurim Be-Shalechet] Yad Va-Shem, 1982
  • "The Price" (stories), Sifriat Poalim, 1977 [Ha-Mehir]
  • "Galia and Milkosh": Severance of Relations (youth), Sifriat Poalim, 1982 [Galia Ve-Miklosh: Nituk Yahasim]
  • "My Own Vineyard" (novel), Dvir, 1984 [Karmi Sheli]
  • "Bus Adventure" (children), Dvir, 1986 [Harpatkah Be-Otobus]
  • "The Other Way": The Story of a Group (novel), Yediot Aharonot, 1992 [Ha-Derech Ha-Aheret: Sipur Ha- Kevutza]