“The best wife of all … and more about Ephraim Kishon” narrated by his son Rafi Kishon
Ephraim Kishon was born on August 23, 1924, as Ferenc (Franz) Hoffmann in Budapest. His literary talent was quickly evident and he won first prize in a Hungarian short story competition while still at school. After graduating from high school he was not allowed to study because of the anti-Jewish laws in force and therefore started an apprenticeship as a goldsmith. He spent the rest of his youth in Hungarian, German, and Soviet labor camps and in hiding, and was almost captured as a prisoner of war. After a spectacular escape from “free Hungary,” he lived from 1949 in Israel. The name Kis-Hont that he had adopted because it sounded less bourgeois in Communist Hungary was changed to Kishon by an immigration officer, who also decided that the young man should have the first name Ephraim, because Ferenc didn’t exist in Hebrew. His second marriage was to “the best wife of all,” Sara (née Lipovitz). His third and last wife was the Austrian writer Lisa Kishon. He had three children and five grandchildren. He died in 2005 at his house in Appenzell, Switzerland.
Kishon has sold over forty million books worldwide and many have been bestsellers. He received numerous prizes, awards, and honors, and his films have won three Golden Globes and been nominated twice for Oscars. For an entire generation Ephraim Kishon was the most well-known and popular humorist in the German-speaking world and the second-most famous Israeli in the world (you will find out who is in first place this evening).
Kishon’s eldest son Rafi, whom we have already met in the books, will read from his father’s works, show excerpts from films, and recount amusing anecdotes about his father.
Rafael (Rafi) Kishon studied in Germany and is today a veterinary surgeon in Israel. He is also a gifted speaker and works in the media.
In cooperation with the Jewish Welcome Service.
Advance booking required, tel.: 535 04 31-110 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free admission from 6.15 pm
Photo © Rafi Kishon