Haim Gouri

Haim Gouri

Haim Gouri (2005)
Born (1923-10-09) October 9, 1923
Tel Aviv, Mandate Palestine
Citizenship Israeli
Alma mater The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the Sorbonne
Occupation Poet, novelist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker

Haim Gouri (Hebrew: חיים גורי; born October 9, 1923, Tel Aviv) is an Israeli poet, novelist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker.


Haim Gouri was born in Tel Aviv. After studying at the Kadoorie Agricultural High School, he joined the Palmach and completed a commander's course.[1] 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 assist Holocaust survivors to emigrate to Mandate Palestine. During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War he was a deputy company commander in the Palmach's Negev Brigade.[2]

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.[2]

Gouri lives with his wife, Aliza, in Jerusalem.[3]

Literary career

Gouri's first published poem, Sea 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 honors

Published works




Documentary films

See also


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