Haim Gouri (2005)
|Died||January 31, 2018 (aged 94)|
|Alma mater||The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the Sorbonne|
|Occupation||Poet, novelist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker|
Haim Gurfinkel (later Gouri) was born in Tel Aviv. After studying at the Kadoorie Agricultural High School, he joined the Palmach and completed a commander's course. He participated in the bombing of a British radar station being used to track Aliyah Bet ships carrying illegal Jewish immigrants to Palestine. In 1947 he was sent to Hungary to bring Holocaust survivors to Mandate Palestine. During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War he was a deputy company commander in the Palmach's Negev Brigade.
Gouri studied literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Sorbonne in Paris. As a journalist he worked for LaMerhav and later, Davar. He achieved fame with his coverage of the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann.
Gouri died on January 31, 2018 at the age of 94.
Gouri's first published poem, Day Voyage, appeared in Mishmar, edited by Abraham Shlonsky, in 1945. His first complete volume of poetry, Flowers of Fire, was published in 1949 following the Israeli War of Independence.
Awards and honorsEdit
- In 1961, Gouri obtained the Sokolow Award for Israeli Journalism.
- The film The 81st Blow, which he wrote, co-produced, and co-directed, was nominated for the 1974 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. It is part of a powerful Holocaust trilogy that includes The Last Sea and Flames in the Ashes.
- In 1975, Gouri was awarded the Bialik Prize for literature.
- In 1988, he was awarded the Israel Prize, for Hebrew poetry.
- In 1998, he won the Uri Zvi Grinberg award.
- In 2016, Gouri rejected an award from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport of the annual 50,000 shekel prize for “Zionist works of art”.
- Flowers of Fire, Years of Fire (1949)
- Poems of the Seal (1954)
- Compass Rose (1960)
- Movement to Touch (1968)
- Gehazi Visions (1974)
- The Eagle Line (1975)
- Words in My Love-Sick Blood (selected poems in English translation). Detroit: Wayne State University, 1996, ISBN 0-8143-2594-7.
- The Poems, in two volumes (1998)
- The Chocolate Deal (1965). English translations: New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1968, ISBN 1-125-15196-X. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1999, ISBN 0-8143-2800-8.
- The Crazy Book (1971)
- The Interrogation, The Story of Reuel (1980)
- The 81st Blow (Ha-Makah Hashmonim V'Echad, 1974), distributed with English subtitles by "American Federation of Jewish Fighters, Camp Inmates and Nazi Victims"
- The Last Sea (Ha-Yam Ha'Aharon, 1980)
- Flames in the Ashes (Pnei Hamered, 1985)
- From hard times to bad times, Haaretz
- Eli Elihau, First-person plural, Haaretz April 17, 2009. 
- Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature: Haim Gouri
- "List of Sokolow Award recipients, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo website" (PDF).
- http://www.jewishfilm.org/Catalogue/Israeli_Trilogy_16mm.html The National Center for Jewish Film
- "List of Bialik Prize recipients 1933–2004 (in Hebrew), Tel Aviv Municipality website" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Israel Prize Recipients since its Inception (in Hebrew)- list 4 – מקבלי פרס ישראל מראשיתו". Archived from the original on 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2009-06-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Izikovich, Gili (5 January 2016). "Poet and Palmach Icon Haim Gouri Turns Down 'Zionist Works of Art' Prize". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 January 2016.