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Amir Gutfreund


Israel (1963 - )

Award winning author Amir Gutfreund was born in Haifa, Israel in 1963. He earned a MA in applied-mathematics at the Israeli Technological Institute (ITI) and served as an officer in the Israeli Air Force for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

His first novel, Our Holocaust, is based on his memories as a son of Holocaust survivors, and has been translated from Hebrew into many languages including English. The World a Moment Later was published in 2005 and has also been translated. Gutfreund won the 2002 Buchman prize from the Yad Vashem Institute as well as the Sami Rohr Choice Award from the Jewish Book Council in 2007. He was also awarded the prestigious Sapir Prize (the Israeli equivalent of the Man Booker Prize) in 2003.

Married with three children, Gutfreund lives in a small village in the Galilee, at the north part of Israel.