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Judith Rotem

Judith Rotem was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1942. As a baby, she was taken on the "Kastner train;" she  spent several months in Bergen-Belsen, and then in a refugee camp in Switzerland. She arrived in pre-state Israel at the age of 3. Later she married an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva student, and supported the family as a teacher while raising her seven children. In 1983, she divorced her husband and left the ultra-Orthodox community, taking her children with her. She subsequently wrote and edited hi-tech publications, published articles on various subjects and, as a ghost writer, she  has written a number of autobiographies for Holocaust survivors.
Rotem has published novels, a collection of stories, non-fiction books and books for children. She has been awarded the Book Publishers Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes for her bestseller, I Loved So Much (2001; 2004), the Prime Minister's Prize (2002), the Book Publishers Association's Gold Prize for her bestseller, Craving (2004), the Ramat Gan Prize for Whom My Soul Loveth (2010) and the Arik Einstein Prize (2014).
Judith Rotem by Porges

Books Published in Hebrew

The Story of the Religious Pioneers' Group: Bnei Akiva in Hungary (non-fiction), World Zionist Organization, Dept. for Torah Education and Culture in the Diaspora, 1985 [Bi-Vrit Yachad: Sipura Shel Tnuat Bachad - Bnei Akiva Be-Artzot Hungarya]
Distant Sister (non-fiction), Steimatzky, 1992 [Achot Rechoka: Olama Shel Ha-Isha Ha-Charedit Be-Einei Mi She-Yatz'a Mi-Sham]
Mourning (novel) , Am Oved, 1996, 2015 [Kriʹa]
I Loved So Much (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2000 [Ahavti Kol Kach]
Man in Whom is the Spirit: Zvi Goldfarb - His Life (biography), Kibbutz Dalia, Society for the Research of Zionist Youth Movements in Hungary, 2002 [Ish Asher Ruach Bo: Zvi Goldfarb - Chayav]
Craving (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2003 [Kulanu Tzme'im Le-Ahava]
A Footstool in Paradise (novella & stories) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2005 [Hadom Be-Gan Eden]
Longing (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2006 [Kmiha]
Dana, Mom and the Napoleon Hill (children-picture bk) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2007 [Dana Ve-Ima Ve-Har Napoleon]
Whom My Soul Loveth (novel) , Keshet, 2009; Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Al Mishkavam Ba-Leilot]
When Will You Come to Me (novel) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Matay Tavo Elay]
Almost as Told: Tales of Our Holidays (children) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2013 [Efshar Lesaper Zot Gam Kacha: Sipurei Ha-Chagim Li-Yeladim]
Until Father Comes Back (youth) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Ad She-Aba Yachzor]
Mighty Waters [with Menachem Ben Yami] (autobiography), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2017 [Mayim Rabim]

Books in Translation

Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2000
German: Munich, Paul List, 2002; Munich, Dotbooks, forthcoming
Hungarian: Budapest, Mult Es Jovi, 2003

Distant Sister
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1997


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