David Vogel (1891-1944) was born in Satanov, Podolia (now Russia), to a religious family, and at the age of twenty started travelling to the well-known centres of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe. When World War I broke out he was living in Vienna, where he was arrested as an enemy alien. In 1923, Vogel published his first collection of poems. Vogel came to Tel Aviv in 1929, but left for Berlin after a year, and later settled in Paris. After the outbreak of World War II, he was imprisoned by the French as an Austrian citizen, and later by the Nazis as a Jew. In 1944, he was deported to Auschwitz, where he perished.
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