Goodbye to a Dear Friend

The reporter, author and member of the Society, Helga Dudman, has passed away

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel is in shock and is mourning the death of the reporter and author, Helga Dudman, who passed away at the age of 85 on Kibbutz Kineret.

Dudman was born to a musical family and was raised in San Francisco. After World War II she worked as a translator in the service of the American army at the time of the Nuremberg Trials. During the 1950’s she wrote for the well known fashion magazine, Vogue, and in 1959 she immigrated to Israel.

For thirty years Dudman was a member of the staff of the Jerusalem Post and wrote many books in her unique style. Among them are: “Street People”, “The Cat’s Guide to Famous Lovers”, “The American Colony” and co-authored the autobiography of Ruth Dayan, which was published in 1971.

Dudman was known as a confirmed animal lover and a good friend of the Society. During the course of years, and especially during the period when reporters were in no rush to write about animals, Dudman brought to her readers, as much as she could, many stories about animals and about abandonment and the suffering that they endure. Dudman took an active part in soliciting contributions from the Diaspora for the Society, which greatly assisted in its continued existence and activity, and she even helped veterinary students to continue their education.
Helga Dudman was an extraordinary woman. We will always be grateful to her for her great love of animals and for the assistance she gave to the Society.