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Paul Kor

Paul Kor was 13 at the outbreak of  World War II.  With the invasion of France by the Nazis,  he escaped from Paris to Normandy with his mother and brother.  His father was recruited to the French army.  When his father was discharged from the army, they returned to their home in Paris.   Paul believed that this was a fateful mistake.  He believed that if they had remained in hiding in Normandy, his whole family may have survived the war.

The situation in Paris worsened.  Harsh decrees and restrictions were placed on the Jews.
Paul's studies were discontinued.  Despite the difficult situation, the family continued with the daily routine.

One summer day, when the family was staying at a summer home in the village, his father got on his bike and headed back to Paris.  A short while after his departure a family friend arrived.  He wanted to warn him not to leave for Paris because the Nazis were rounding up Jews, but it was too late.  Paul, who was 15 years old, jumped on his bike in hopes of catching up with his father, but at one of the junctions he made a wrong turn and missed him.  Paul recounted that at that moment he did not cry, he was in shock, only much later did he cry over the unfortunate incident.  Years later it became clear that he was sent to Auschwitz were he perished.

A year after his father was captured, the family fled to Nice.  Paul, who was 16 years old, worked in a factory as a tailor and was even promoted.  He hid the fact that he was Jewish from his co-workers at the factory.  Eventually Paul and his brother were smuggled by family friends to Switzerland.  The two brothers spent the next four and a half years in a children's house that was run by the Jewish Children's Aid Society - OSE (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants).
In 1948 Paul immigrated to Israel and was drafted by the Israel Defense Forces.  He was sent on patrols with the Seventh Brigade. 

At the end of 1949, Paul began working at Arieli press and began a career as a graphic artist.  His first poster, “War Loan, Victory Loan”, was commissioned by the Israel government and received a lot of publicity.  Later on, he opened a private studio and quickly gained a reputation as an important and sought after graphic artist.  Paul designed a series of stamps and even a banknote with the portrait of Theodore Benjamin Herzl (banknote for 100 lirot). 

Later on he decided to dedicate his life to writing and illustrating children’s books.  Among his more recognizable books:  Silverray: The Little Fish, The Magical Zoo (which won the Gutman prize), and The Little Climbing Plant and the Glowing Flower. Over a 14 year period, Kor published around 20 best-selling children’s books.

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