Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor Aharon Appelfeld dies aged 85
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Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor Aharon Appelfeld dies aged 85

Romanian-born acclaimed author who became leading voice on Shoah literature passes away

Aharon Appelfeld
Aharon Appelfeld

Aharon Appelfeld, the esteemed Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor who became a leading voice in Holocaust literature, has died at the age of 85.

Appelfeld was born in Romania before the rise of the Nazis, lost his mother in the mass murder of Jews during the Second World War and was only reunited with his father 20 years later.

He later rose to become one of Israel’s most prolific Hebrew-language writers, even though he only learned the language as a teenager.

He wrote dozens of books which were translated into many languages and received the country’s top literary awards.

Acclaimed American-Jewish author Philip Roth called him “a displaced writer of displaced fiction, who has made of displacement and disorientation a subject uniquely his own”.

Appelfeld is survived by his wife and three children.

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