Book presentation: Ben & Daniela Segenreich „Fast ganz normal. Unser Leben in Israel“
Terror, gasmasks and sirens, but also high tech, good food, and a lot of lust for life—all of this is Israel. Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) correspondent Ben Segenreich and his wife Daniela draw a humorous, moving and knowledgeable picture of the small country in the Middle East and do away with many prejudices in the process. The parallel societies of Arabs and devout Jews are likewise addressed as Israel’s image in the media.
With the help of memories and anecdotes, Ben Segenreich explains how differences in mentalities have strained Austrian-Israeli relations and lets contemporary witnesses he has met in the course of his work have their say. Daniela Segenreich reflects very personally about times of crises and what it means for a mother to have daughters in the army. The book looks back to the emergence of the State of Israel 70 years ago and the key events of its history, but also offers a prospect to the future. One thing is clear: Israel is a very normal country. But only almost..
Ben Segenreich, Ph.D., was born in 1952 in Vienna, where he studied Mathematics, Physics and Business Statistics. From 1980–83 he worked as an information scientist in Vienna, as well as the Austria correspondent for the Israeli newspaper “Maariv.” In 1983 he immigrated to Israel; as of 1988 he was the Israel correspondent of the Austrian daily newspaper “Der Standard.” Since 1989 he has been an ORF correspondent and has written numerous articles for print and electronic media in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Daniela Segenreich-Horsky, Maga, was born in 1959 in Vienna, where she studied at the University of Applied Arts. As of 1986 she was a freelance journalist; in 1988 she emigrated to Israel. She was educated and active in the fields of art therapy and family therapy. Numerous articles for print media in Austria, Germany and Switzerland (“Der Standard,” “Die Welt,” “NZZ,” “Wina,” among others), freelancer at ORF. Her previous publication was „Zwischen Kamelwolle und Hightech. Starke Frauen in Israel“ (2014).
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