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Haim Gouri (Hebrew: חיים גורי‎; October 9, 1923 – January 31, 2018) was an Israeli poet, novelist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker.

Haim Gouri
Haim Gouri (2005)
Born(1923-10-09)October 9, 1923
DiedJanuary 31, 2018(2018-01-31) (aged 94)
Alma materThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the Sorbonne
OccupationPoet, novelist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker


Haim Gurfinkel (later Gouri) was born in Tel Aviv.[1] After studying at the Kadoorie Agricultural High School, he joined the Palmach and completed a commander's course.[2] 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.[3]

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.[3]

Gouri lived with his wife, Aliza, in Jerusalem.[4]

Gouri died on January 31, 2018 at the age of 94.

Literary careerEdit

Haim Gouri (left) in the Palmach

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

Haim Gouri and his wife Aliza

Published worksEdit


  • 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)


Documentary filmsEdit

  • 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)

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

  • "Haim Gouri" (capsule biography and bibliography) at the Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature.
  • Haim Gouri on IMDb  
  • "[2] Hebrew article about the poet in later life, retrieved from ynet 28 November 2012.