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Veteran Israeli journalist Dov Yudkovsky dies

Veteran Israeli journalist Dov Yudkovsky dies

Veteran Israeli journalist Dov Yudkovsky, who fled the Nazi Holocaust and later became editor of Israel's best-selling newspaper, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 89.
Yudkovsky worked for more than 40 years at Israel's mass-circulation Yediot Ahronot daily.
In a full-page eulogy Wednesday, the paper credited him with training younger reporters to write in a "simple, upfront, clear and colloquial" style.
Yudkovsky was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1923 but grew up in Belgium.
After the outbreak of World War II, he fled with his family to France but the Nazis arrested them and sent them to Auschwitz. No one else in his family survived the war.
After the war, he moved to pre-state Israel, Yediot reported, where he managed to get the paper printed in Jerusalem while the city was under siege during the 1948 war that surrounded Israel's creation.
In 2002, Yudkovsky was awarded the Israel Prize, the Jewish state's highest honor, for his work in the media.
The Israeli daily Haaretz dubbed him the "father of modern Israeli journalism," and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mourned his death.
"He crafted a journalism that reached out toward its readers, looked them in the eye and spoke their language," Netanyahu said in a statement. "With his passing, an era in Israeli media has come to a close."
Yudkovsky was buried Wednesday in Tel Aviv. He is survived by his wife, Leah, a daughter and grandchildren.


Updated : 2021-02-25 04:44 GMT+08:00