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Gershon Shofman

Gershon Shofman (1888 -1972) was born in Orsha, Belorussia. He received a traditional religious education, but comprehensive reading of both Hebrew and Russian literature introduced him to European culture and the new trends in Hebrew literature developed under the influence of Mendele Mocher Sfarim and his disciples. His first collection of stories was published in Warsaw in 1902. In that same year he enlisted in the Russian Army and served for almost three years. In 1904, during the Russo-Japanese War, he fled to Galicia, remaining there until 1913, when he left for Vienna. He then settled in an Austrian village and lived there until he immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1938. He eventually settled in Haifa. Shofman was awarded the Bialik Prize (1946) and the Israel Prize (1956).


Books Published in Hebrew            
Stories and Drawings, Warsaw-Tushia, 1902 [Sipurim Ve-Tziurim] G. Shofman's Writings, Warsaw-Tushia, 1927-35 [Kitvei G. Shofman]
Before Calm (non-fiction), Am Oved, 1942 [Beterem Harga'ah] Forceps (stories), Sifriat Hasafot, 1946 [Be-Melkahayim]
Collected Works, Dvir, 1960 [Col Kitvei G. Shofman]            
Selected Stories, Yachdav, 1966 [Yalkut Sipurim]            
Autumn Leaves (stories), Am Oved, 1994 [Shalechet]            

Books in Translation
Selected Stories            
English: Tel Aviv, WIZO, 1951            
German: Tel Aviv, WIZO, 1951

German: Graz, Droschl, 2017

Yiddish: Vienna, Max Hickel, 1919; Tel Aviv, I.L. Peretz, 1970   

Gershon Shofman

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