Author Yehudit Hendel Dies at 93

Hendel was awarded the Bialik Prize in 1997 and the Israel Prize in 2003.


Author Yehudit Hendel, an Israel Prize laureate in 2003, died in Tel Aviv on Friday at the age of 93.

Hendel was born in Warsaw to a Hassidic family, descendants of the founder of the Kazimierz Hassidic dynasty, Ezekiel Taub. She moved to Palestine with her family in 1930.

In 1948, she married the painter Zvi Meirowitz, one of the founders of the New Horizons painters' circle, and together they had two children, Dorit and Yehoshua.

Her literary breakthrough came in 1954, when her manuscript "Street of Steps" was selected out of thirteen anonymous manuscripts as the winner of the Asher Barash Prize. It was published the following year and became a bestseller.

It took another 15 years before her next book, "The Courtyard of Momo the Great" was published in 1969. That was followed by several books, including "Near quiet places: Twelve days in Poland" (1987,) "The mountain of losses" (1991) and "Crack-up" (2002.)

Hendel won the Bialik Prize in 1997.