The Lost Letters

Silvia Dzubas, The Lost Letters, Umschlag außen Ausschnitt

Silvia Dzubas
with an introduction by Eckhardt Gillen

accompanying catalog to the exhibition at the Epigrafic Museum Athens from March 5th -18th, 2020

ISBN 978-3-945530-28-3
32 pages, all color plates, 16,00 Euro (D)
Language: English


Coming from the GDR, a narrow minded country of grey shades, Dzubas developed a deep longing for colours and freedom. In 1968 she could escape the country. Her first journey brought her to Crete, the cradle of the archaic Minoan culture. On its the West coast she found the small village of fishermen, Lutro, which became in the last decades her new homeland. This cosmos of beach, sea and sky inspired her to paint and also to research the ancient Greek scripts in Crete.
Looking back, Sivia Dzubas is very glad that her first steps into the world brought her to Greece. It was an unexpected encounter with the gracefulness and beauty of the Greek culture and a journey back to the beginnings of our Western, European civilisation.

Writing and reading are the basis of our development as people. The recording of wisdom and knowledge enables the emergence of a historical memory. (Eckhardt Gillen in The Lost Letters)


A Horse for Hanukkah

A Horse for Hanukkah
A Horse for Hanukkah

Myriam Halberstam

with illustrations by Nancy Cote

for children from 3 years and up
published in november, children´s book, english
ISBN 978-3-9813825-1-8
32 pages, hardcover, retail price 12,90 Euro


Hannah desperately wants a horse of her own. Miraculously her wish comes true for Hanukkah, but Hannah cannot rejoice for very long as Golda, the horse, wreaks havoc in a hilarious unfolding of the Rosenbaum Family´s Hanukkah celebration.

Cover Competition

Cover Competition

Mit diesem Illustrationswettbewerb möchte der Ariella Verlag jungen Illustrator*innen eine Chance geben, sich an einem bereits veröffentlichten Buch für ein Cover auszuprobieren und ihren Entwurf veröffentlicht zu sehen. Gleichzeitig möchten wir – als Verlag für jüdische Kinder- und Jugendliteratur- das Judentum, die jüdische Kultur und die Beschäftigung damit stärker ins Bewusstsein der Gesellschaft und unserer Alltagskultur bringen und somit einen Beitrag leisten zur allseits gewünschten und vielzitierten „Normalität“ zwischen Juden und Nichtjuden in Deutschland.

Ben Gershon

was born in the Jewish year 5745. He created his first artwork on his bedroom’s wallpaper at the age of one year and a half. Unlike other Jewish boys who had to become a doctor or at least an accountant, Gershon holds degrees in Public Administration, Law and Tax Law in order to pursue a career as a comic-artist.

According to Gershon, humour is one of the most important aspects of Judaism. The “chosen people” suffered terribly over the centuries, but always managed to survive by laughing and crying. Humour is an inseparable part of the Jewish DNA and that’s something Gershon likes to express in his comics.

In his comic-strip “Jewy Louis”, Gershon portrays identifiable, funny situations and the absurdities of Jewish life in a non-Jewish society. Creating this cartoon and above all being able to publish it in Jewish media in Europe and America, illustrates the unique resilience of Jews and their extraordinary sense of humour.

For more information on Ben Gershon visit his website:

The winners of the Cover Competition

Deutschland, Berlin, Preisverleihung durch die Verlegerin Myriam Halberstam Ariella Verlag. In der  Tucholsky-Buchhandlung. Die Gewinner des bundesweiten Cover-Wettbewerbs werden gekuert, den der Ariella Verlag fuer  Nachwuchsillustrator*innen Ende 2017 ausgeschrieben und 2018 zum Abschluss gebracht hat. Gabriele Meyer, Tucholsky Buchhandlung, 1.v.l. Marion Dengler 2.v.r., Verlegerin Myriam Halberstam, 1.v.r. und Franziska Sartory 3.v.r.

Gestern Abend wurden in der Tucholsky Buchhandlung in Berlin-Mitte die Gewinner des bundesweiten Cover-Wettbewerbs ausgezeichnet, den der Ariella Verlag 2017 für Nachwuchsillustratorinnen und -illustratoren ausgeschrieben hatte.

Die zweiten und dritten Plätze gingen an die Berliner Illustratorinnen Marion Dengler bzw. Franziska Sartory, beide Alumna des Fachbereichs Art & Design der University of Applied Sciences Europe (ehemals BtK, Hochschule für Gestaltung). Der erste Preis wurde nicht vergeben.

Deutschland, Berlin, Preisverleihung durch die Verlegerin Myriam Halberstam Ariella Verlag. In der Tucholsky-Buchhandlung. Die Gewinner des bundesweiten Cover-Wettbewerbs werden gekuert, den der Ariella Verlag fuer Nachwuchsillustrator*innen Ende 2017 ausgeschrieben und 2018 zum Abschluss gebracht hat. Gabriele Meyer, Tucholsky Buchhandlung, 1.v.l. Marion Dengler 2.v.r., Verlegerin Myriam Halberstam, 1.v.r. und Franziska Sartory 3.v.r.

Gabriele Meyer, Tucholsky Buchhandlung, 1.v.l. Marion Dengler 2.v.r., Verlegerin Myriam Halberstam, 1.v.r. und Franziska Sartory 3.v.r. (© Murat Türemis)

Lobende Erwähnungen gingen außerdem an Simone Beddig, Lujan Cordaro, Annemarie Firnkes, Damaris Gartner, Odelia Graff, Anna Zoe Tsirakis, Anna Valaev und Merret Wenz. Sechs der acht lobenden Erwähnungen gingen an Schülerinnen und Schüler der Akademie für Kommunikation in Baden-Württemberg, Karlsuhe (AfK. Unter der Dozentin Karin Meyer-Haussner hatte sich eine Klasse für angehende Grafikdesigner geschlossen an dem Wettbewerb beteiligt.

„Mit dem Cover-Wettbewerb wollten wir einerseits jungen Illustratorinnen und Illustratoren eine Chance geben und gleichzeitig die jüdische Kultur und die Beschäftigung mit dem Judentum stärker ins Bewusstsein der Gesellschaft und der Alltagskultur bringen“, betonte Verlegerin Myriam Halberstam. Die Coverausschreibung hatte dem im Ariella Verlag bereits erschienenen Buch Opa und der Hundeschlamassel von Erica S. Perl in der Übersetzung von Gesine Strempel gegolten.

Der Jury gehörten zwei Jugendliche an sowie Gabriele Glasenapp (Arbeitsstelle für Kinder- und Jugendmedienforschung der Universität Köln), Anne Plate (Illustratorin und Lehrbeauftragte an der BtK, Hochschule für Gestaltung), Hadassah Stichnote (Professorin für Kinderliteratur, Universität Bremen), Gabriele Meyer (Tucholsky Buchhandlung) und Myriam Halberstam.

Quelle: BuchMarkt

You´re not free yet

You´re not free yet
Und frei bist du noch lange nicht

Author Adriana Stern
was born in 1960 on the dutch border and has crossed borders in every way ever since.
She began writing at 12, ran away from home at 15, joined the squatters movement and lived in various projects in Berlin, Hamburg and Amsterdam. She is an author, social worker and circus pedagogue and teaches creative writing to children and young adults.

Stern writes novels, short stories, poetry, fables as well as essays to highly timely and political themes.
Her published works include: Jockels Schweigen, Hannah und die anderen, as well as: Und dann kam Sunny.

Publication date: August 2016
ISBN: 978-3-945530-08-5
Price: 14,95 Euro
Pages: 376
Ages: 12 and up


Lead by hope, thirteen-year-old Zippi has come to Germany from Azerbaidschan with her Family. Now, in the bleak refugee center just outside of Cologne, everything looks different than her parents had hoped for. For weeks her parents cannot find work and the family´s strong Jewish identity is questioned to the core by the local community who needs to pledge for their status. They are put to a hard test!

Then Zippi meets ten-year-old Saladin who has made his way from Syria through several countries with his older Brother Tarek. Zippi and Saladin become friends and with Zippis kid brother they explore the desolate surroundings of the refugee shelter. They come upon some very shady characters and uncover a dangerous scam. Suddenly, they are in existential danger, as well as all their new friends. A scrupoulous gang of criminals is profiting from the refugee families´ helplessness and threatens to send them back to their war-torn countries.

Together the youngster decide to stop the Bandits. This adventure requires all their courage and strong team work. Will the friends manage to keep all of them in Germany?

Marisha, the Girl from the Barrel

Marisha, the Girl from the Barrel
Marisha Das Mädchen aus dem Fass

Author Gabriele Hannemann
is an English/German and Religion teacher. Since 2004 she teaches the Shoa to grades 4-10 in Schlesweig Holstein, Northern Germany. She is founder and President of Yad Ruth e.V. in Hamburg which suports Holocaust-survivors in need in Eastern Europe and Israel. She was awarded the German Federal cross of Merit in 2003 for her commemoration work.

Inbal Leitner
graduated Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem und works as illustrator. and animation artist. With her films she has participated in international Filmfestivals such as Annecy (France), Safo (Canada) und Anima Mundi (Brasil). She illustrates children´s books famous artists, such as Uri Orlev or Janusz Korczak. Inbal Leitner lives with her family in Pardes Channa, Israel.

Publication date: January 2016
ISBN: 978-3-945530-06-1
Price: Euro 14,95


The Gondola with the magic Sword

The Gondola with the magic Sword
Die Gondel mit dem magischen Schwert

Rosa Hipp
is an author and painter. She works with highly gifted children in elementary schools. And is founder of the Bezalel-Arts-Project, a special needs integrative workshop for youth and adults. She lives in North Germany.

Publication date: October 2015
ISBN: 9783945530054
Price: 14,99 Euro
Categorie: Young Adult, 10+
Pages: 236


Why Venice?

13 year-old Maja is not thrilled to spend her vacation with her parents visiting her mother´s Italian pen pal in Venice. But the boring trip quickly becomes an adventure when she accidentally travels into the 17th century with Raffael, the pen pal´s teenage son. There they meet Rachel Levy who lives under poor and dangerous circumstances. It is a time when the Lagoon city is a rich and powerful Sea-faring Nation. But Venice is also a place full of secrets and intrigues. Maja, Rachel and Rafael and their friends must proove that Rachel´s father is innocent and uncover a scheme that threatens to blow up Venice´s ships production and with it the security and the future of the Serenissima.

But how will they return to their home here and now?

Bella and the Girl from the Shtetl

Bella und das Mädchen aus dem Schtetl
Bella und das Mädchen aus dem Schtetl

Author Marina B. Neubert
grew up bilingually German/Russian. She was born in Moscow and lived in San Francisco where she received the “Award of Merit” for her work. She came to Berlin in the 1990s and in 1996 was awarded the Axel-Springer-Prize for her Radio-feature “Memories”. She works as author, literature critic and teaches creative writing.

Illustrator Lina Bodén
was born in Stockholm and received her BA in 2007 from Beckmans College of Design.

Publication date: Spring 2015
ISBN: 978-3-945530047
Price: Euro 12,99
Category: Young Adult, 10+
115 Pages, 3 Illustrations, 2 Photos


Israel Board Book

Israel Board Book

The Author / Illustrator Rachel Shalev
was born in Israel in 1981 where she graduated from the renowned Bezalel Art Academy in 2005. She lives in Kfar Saba, Israel with her Husband and the 2 children.

Publication date: Spring 2014
ISBN: 9783981382587
Price: Euro 12,99
Kategorie: Picture Book, 2+
Pages: 12 pages board book, large size


This unique book takes readers on a colorful, exciting, and entertaining trip through Israel in the Style of “Where´s Waldo”. We experience the lively street cafes and beaches in the bustling city of Tel Aviv and hike through the Galilee, Israel’s green region in the north. We see great diversity at the Jerusalem Market; we visit a Bedouin family in the Negev Desert; we dive with a mother and daughter on the Red Sea coral reefs in Eilat. Through the illustrations and short introductions on the first two pages of the book, the reader is introduced to individuals and small groups of people from all corners of the world. Then, with each turn of the page, one can follow their small adventures as they unfold.

This book opens the door for interactive exploration of Israel and its people. As a family, discuss the illustrations. What is familiar? What couldn’t be found where you live? Which people look most interesting to you? With whom might you like to be friends? If you could place yourself in one of this book’s scenes, where would you be?