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Israelis You Should Know: Roman Frister

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Name: Roman Frister

Age: 86

Family: Married with three children

Known for: Frister is a well-known Israeli author and journalist.

About him: Roman Frister was born in 1928 in Bielsko, Poland. He is a Holocaust survivor who spent time in the Cracow detention center, Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, and Auschwitz concentration camp. Though he survived, he witnessed the death of several of his family members during the Holocaust, including his mother and father.

Frister made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in 1957. There, he became a prominent columnist and editor at Haaretz, one of Israel's daily newspapers. He worked at the newspaper for 25 years. Then, in 1990, he helped found Koteret School of Journalism in Tel Aviv, where he served as director for 16 years. In 2006, the school was incorporated into Tel Aviv University.

In addition to writing as a journalist, Frister also wrote several non-fiction books, which have been translated into nine languages. His most famous book is The Cap: The Price of a Life, an autobiographical account of his life living in Nazi-occupied Poland and during the Holocaust.

Today, Frister is the Haaretz correspondent in Warsaw, Poland.

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