Aranka Siegal born Aranka Davidowitz on June 10, 1930 is a writer, Holocaust survivor, and beneficiary of the Newbery Honor and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, both presented to her in 1982. She is the author of 3 books, the best known of which is Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1930-1944, a memoir of her childhood in Hungary before her 12-month sentence in the Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz – Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen. Other works of hers take in Grace in the Wilderness: After the Liberation 1945-1948 and Memories of Babi. Her novels are sold globally, and have been converted into several different languages including, but not limited to, English, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, and German. Siegal herself talks 6 languages and is the fifth child of seven children.