A WHITEFIELD woman has won an international short story competition.
Gaby Fulda sent her Paris 1955 piece to the English Speaking Residents Association, which organised the competition through its magazine, Esra.
And she finished first out of 77 English language entries under the theme of “serendipity”.
Gaby’s story was inspired by the Holocaust experiences of her parents, Mira and Yehuda Gutenplan.
Mira, who was born in Somobor in present-day Serbia, survived Auschwitz, while Yehuda was incarcerated in Hungary.
Mother-of-three Gaby said: “I heard so much about what happened to them from my mother, although she only opened up to me after my father had died.
“I wrote it entirely fictionally because it was just too horrific to write down some of my mum’s experiences.”
Her story tells of a brother and sister who experience the Shoah at a young age and who are torn apart through unforeseen circumstances.
Gaby was raised in Vienna and moved to the UK in 1968 after being introduced to her future husband, Mancunian art dealer Michael Fulda.
A history of art graduate, she also worked as a figurative sculptor and had works exhibited in London’s Ben Uri Gallery, among other locations, and is a published poet, too.
She noticed the English Speaking Residents Association’s competition on Facebook through her friend Lucille Cohen, the former Manchester Jewish Representative Council chairman who now lives in Israel.
But the grandmother of three won’t be able to attend the competition’s presentation ceremony on April 1 in Ra’anana as she is recovering from an operation.
* Read Gaby’s story: tinyurl.com/Gaby-JT
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