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Netiva Ben-Yehuda

Netiva Ben-Yehuda (1928-2011) was born in Tel Aviv. She was a member of the elite Palmach unit and fought in the 1948 War of Independence. After leaving the army in 1949, she studied at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and continued her studies in London. On returning to Jerusalem she studied Hebrew philosophy at the Hebrew University. Ben-Yehuda, a freelance editor, published a series of books of personal testimonies of Israel's history. Her work concentrate on two subjects -- her experiences before, during and after the War of Independence, and dictionaries aimed at enriching the Hebrew language. Ben-Yehuda's dictionary of Hebrew slang, written with novelist Dahn Ben-Amotz, is useful as well as a tour-de-force of humor.

Books Published in Hebrew
The World Dictionary of Hebrew Slang: vol. 1 [with Dahn Ben-Amotz], A. Levin-Epstein, 1972; Zmora-Bitan, 1982 [Milon Olami Le-Ivrit Meduberet]
1948 - Between Calendars (novel), Keter, 1981 [1948 - Bein Ha-Sfirot: Roman Al Hatchalat Ha-Milchama]
The World Dictionary of Hebrew Slang: vol. 2 [with Dahn Ben-Amotz], Zmora-Bitan, 1982 [Milon Achul-Nanyuki Le-Ivrit Meduberet]
Blessings and Curses (humor), Keter, 1984 [Brachot U-Klalot: Osef Prati]
Through the Binding Ropes (novel), Domino, 1985 [Mi-Ba'ad La-Avotot: Roman Al Shlosha Chodashim Be-1948]
Jerusalem from the Inside (humor), Edanim, 1988 [Yerushalayim Mi-Bifnocho: Lichyot Bi-Yerushalayim Ve-Lamut Ba - Mitzchok]
Autobiography in Poem and Song (folk songs), Keter, 1990 [Otobiyografya Be-Shir Va-Zemer]
When the State of Israel Broke Out (novel), Keter, 1991 [Kshe-Partza Ha-Medina: Dokyuroman Al Ma She-Haya Iti Be-Meshech "Ha-Hafuga" Ha-Rishona]
Netiva's Notebooks: Netiva Ben-Yehuda and Her Battle with the Language Police [selected and edited by Ruvik Rosenthal] (non-fiction), Keter, 2013 [Machberot Netiva: Netiva Ben-Yehuda U-Milchamta Be-Mishteret Ha-Ivrit]

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