Judith Kalman

Judith’s book-length manuscript Lost and Found: A Memoir received Honourable Mention in Memoir Magazine’s 2020 Memoir Book Prize.

Judith’s essay “Testifying” was chosen as a ‘notable’ essay by Robert Atwan, series editor of Best American Essays 2018. Read it here: Prize

Judith Kalman is the author of The County of Birches and a range of stories, poems, and essays. Her writing has appeared in GrainThe FiddleheadSaturday NightDescantPrairie Fire, the anthology Celebrating Canadian Women, and the Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women. Recent work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine in the U.S. and in STORGY Magazine in the U.K. as well as the chapter Us and Them in the book Die Letzten NS-Verfahren (The Last National Socialist Trials) published in Germany in 2017 (please see Recent Publications above for links).

Judith’s work received the 1995 Tilden Canadian Literary Award and both the Gold Award and the President’s Medal at the National Magazine Awards in 1996. A story from The County of Birches was selected for the Journey Prize Anthology in 1997 and Judith received a Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the collection in 1998. The story “Flight” was broadcast on CBC Radio’s “Between the Covers” and the book was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the USA.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Judith grew up in Montreal, Canada. She holds an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor and now lives in Toronto.

Judith travelled to Lüneburg, Germany in April 2015 to testify at the Nazi war crimes trial of Oskar Gröning and to Detmold Germany in 2016 as a co-plaintive at the trial of Reinhold Hanning. Read her testimony about the loss of her half-sister Eva Edit Weinberger in Auschwitz in June of 1944.