Shammai Golan was born in Poland in 1933 - 2017. 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