Irena Liebman was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1925. She spent World War II in the Lodz ghetto, in Auschwitz, then in a labor camp in Germany, and finally in Matthausen concentration camp in Austria. She immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1946 and was a volunteer in the Haganah. Liebman studied librarianship and worked as a librarian. She has published 13 books for children and two for adults. Her stories have been made into radio and TV scripts as well as stage plays, and appear in anthologies and textbooks. She has won the Lamdan Prize (1976) and the Yad Vashem Prize (1996).