Shammai Golan was born in Poland in 1933. He spent World War II under Nazi occupation and in Siberia. After the death of his parents, he was placed in an orphanage and immigrated illegally to pre-state Israel in 1947.
Golan studied literature and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Later, he taught literature, ran the Hebrew Writers` House in Jerusalem, and served as cultural attache in Mexico and Moscow. Shammai Golan was also chairman of the Hebrew Writers` Association.
Golan writes for both adults and youth; he has published four novels, three collections of short stories, two books for youth and a collection of essays. His work has been adapted for radio and produced on stage
Books Published in Hebrew ♦
Novels The Last Watch (youth), Massada, 1963 [Be-Ashmoret Aharonah]
The Last Watch
Russian: Moscow/Tel-Aviv, Kniga, 2006
Manuscripts available (for publishers only) in English translation The Death of Uri Peled Escape for Short Distances Guilty
Shammai Golan has been awarded the ACUM Prize for Children`s Literature 1966
Tel Aviv Foundation Award 1982
Prime Minister`s Prize 1992
Cheno Prize Mexico and the Zionist Federation Award 2006 Jewish Writers Award Notable 2010