Elazar Benyoëtz

Elazar Benyoëtz

Elazar Benyoëtz was born in 1937 in Wiener Neustadt (Lower Austria) under the name of Paul Koppel. He is a Hebrew lyricist and German aphorist. In 1939, his family emigrated to Palestine, where he has lived since then, splitting his time between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. In 1964, he founded the Bibliographia Judaica in Berlin.

He was awarded many prizes: the Adelbert von Chamisso Award (1988), the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1997), the Joseph Breitbach Award (2002), the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art, Cross of Honour, First Class (2008), the Badge of Honour of Wiener Neustadt (2009), the Theodor Kramer Award (2010), the Justinus Kerner Award (2011); and the prize of honour of the Stiftung Bibel und Kultur Berlin (2012).

From 1977 to 2007, he was an author at the Carl Hanser publishing company in Munich. He is a member of the German Academy for Language and Literature in Darmstadt.

Benyoëtz is married to miniaturist Metavel.