Born November 1, 1921 - Poland
Her father was a physician, her mother a music teacher. She grew up speaking Polish and German.
1941 to 1942- Confined to the
Zbarazh. Ghetto, she escaped with forged papers
1948 - Marries Bruno Fink, an engineer. He was a Survivor of four concentration camps, all of his extended family died in The Holocaust
1957- Immigrated with husband and son to Israel
1971 - publishes her first short story
2008 - receives the Israel Prize, the nations highest cultural award.
September 27, 2011 - dies in Israel, age 89
Yesterday I did a google search for “Best Holocaust Fiction”, near the top was Ida Fink, known for her brief short stories about how people coped with the Holocaust. Her best known stories involve children.
I had never heard of her but clearly I wanted to learn more about Ida Fink. Amazon has several of her works on sale but none in Kindle Format.
Luckily I was able to find one of her stories on line, “The Key Game”. In just a few pages we see how hiding in fear of the knock on the door from the Nazis impacted the lives of Jewish children. The young son in a family of Jews has been taught what to do when someone knocks. He has been taught a routine of noises he can make and things he can say through the door that will give his Father Time to hide and he has been given a hard role to play if the Germans ask him about his father.
I don’t know much about the publication data on this story. I would guess around 1985 and I do not have information on who translated it from Polish. If you have this data, please contact me.