Yossl Birstein

Yossl Birstein (1920-2003) was born in Poland. He left for Australia at age 17 and served in the Australian army during World War II. He immigrated to Israel in 1950 and was a member of Kibbutz Gvat for several years, working as a shepherd. He later moved to the town of Kiryat Tivon, where he worked in a local bank, and then to Jerusalem, where he worked as an archivist at the Hebrew University. Birstein wrote in both Hebrew and Yiddish, and his first book, a collection of Yiddish poetry, was published in 1949 in Australia. Among his awards: the Fichman Prize (1983), the Wallenrod Prize (1986), The Prime Minister's Prize twice (1987; 1999), the Atran Prize for Yiddish Literature (US, 1988), the Beit Shalom Aleichem Prize (1989) and the Itzik Manger Prize for Yiddish Literature (1991). 

Yossl Birstein

Books in Translation

Chinese: Nanchang, Baihuazou, 2000
German: Zurich/Hamburg, Arche, 1993
Chinese: Hefei, Anhui Literature & Art, 1998

Selected Stories
Italian: Florence, La Giuntina, 1996
English (And So Is the Bus: Jerusalem Stories): Takoma Park, MD, Dryad Press, 2016

German: Hamburg, Arche, 2002
English: Takoma Park, Maryland, Dryad Press, 2015

The Coat of a Prince (novella)

French (translated from Yiddish): Paris, Bibliothèque Medem, 2015