The Death of Uri Peled - Shammai Golan
 
 Hebrew - 1971
English - 2016
 
 
Uri, a refugee from Eastern Europe, hoped for a normal life in Israel. But neither his marriage to an Israeli woman nor his career in the army make an Israeli of him. After commanding a reserve company in the battle for Jerusalem in 1967, Uri finds work at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, filing testimonies about the life and death of his lost community. He is haunted by eerie and vivid memories of the ghetto and jolted by every shift of consciousness. 

“They deployed in the pine grove. The shells were passing overhead now and exploding far off. He heard the colonel’s voice on the communications set: Green light! Green light! And the assault began. He ordered the demolition team to advance, and once the fence was blasted he made a run for the objective. It seemed the trench would lead him straight to the end of the war. In his mind’s eye he saw its walls cupping his body which shrank from the machine-gun bursts that encompassed him in pillars of smoke and fragments of rock. ‘Forward!’ he cried as if commanding himself, and he swept on and never looked back”


The author's great achievement lies in arousing our sympathies for this almost dehumanized man who is ultimately seen in a tragic light.
Critic Reuven Ben-Yosef 

Language(s): English, Hebrew, Polish, Russian
Genre: novel
English Publisher: Astrolog pulishing House, 2016
Year of Publication (Hebrew): 1971
Russian: Moscow, Olymp, 1998 
Polish: Cracow, Ambrozja, 1998
Canopy ,Russian: Moscow, Olymp, 1996

Selected Stories 
Spanish: Mexico D.F., Costa-Amic, 1985 
Russian: Moscow, Olymp, 1999 

 
   
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 Israel in 1947. Golan studied literature and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Later, he taught literature, and served as cultural attached in Mexico and Moscow. Shammai Golan was also chairman of the Hebrew Writers' Association.
Golan published four novels, three collections of short stories, two books for youth, a collection of essays
and the anthology “The Holocaust”. His work has been adapted for radio and produced on stage.

 


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