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They Shot Ravens Too

Adina Bar-El
AGE: 13 up

Alona, 15, is considered too young to join her school's tour of concentration camps in Poland, but she argues eloquently and is finally accepted. Alona's grandparents had survived the Holocaust and told her stories which haunted her for years.
The trip brings Alona into close contact with Nimrod, an older boy she has been admiring for some time. Their relationship evolves from annoyance to intimations of first love.
Walking in the tracks of the Birkenau Death March is the climax of the expedition, but events before and after are what affect Alona most profoundly: the mound of human hair at Auschwitz, where Alona identifies a tiny braid; the camp's fence, where she leaves a flower as she promised her grandmother; the story she hears at Maidanek, where the German guards shot the ravens overhead to prevent their carrying away evidence from the death camp.
This is an inventive blend of Holocaust education and young adult fiction that incorporates history and credible teenage characters groping towards maturity.

They Shot Ravens Too
Title They Shot Ravens Too
Author’s Last Name Bar-El
Author's First Name Adina
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1992
No. Pages 127 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Hem Yaru Gam Be-Orvim
Representation Represented by ITHL


"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
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Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
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A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
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