Yakov (Jannek) Hollander
Hollander was born in Krakow. Following the German occupation in 1939, he was deported to the concentration camps Plaszow, Auschwitz and Mauthausen. All his family members were murdered. At the end of the war he was in a group of Jewish orphans transferred by the Youth Aliyah to Selvino, Italy. In 1947, on their way to the Land of Israel, the group was intercepted, and they were deported to British detention camps in Cyprus. After their interment the group immigrated to Israel and they settled in Kibbutz Mishmar Hasharon, where Hollander received his first lessons in music composition and conducting. He joined the ranks of the Palmach and took an active part in the War of Independence. He joined his friends from the youth group in Selvino to establish Kibbutz Ze’elim in the Negev.
Hollander, a musician and composer, composed arrangements for leading vocal groups. His music for the song Yaldati Imri won first prize in the Israel Song Competition in 1964. Thereafter, many of his songs became Israel’s national favorites.