David Vogel was born on May 15, 1891 in the town of Satanov in the Podolia region in the Russian Pale of Settlement. The family spoke Yiddish.... Moving to Vienna in 1912, he spent his time loitering, sitting in cafes and teaching Hebrew to make ends meet.... During World War I he was arrested as a Russian enemy alien and spent time in internment camps. Towards the end of the war, he began publishing impressionist poems.... In 1925, he settled in Paris, where he wrote prose and poetry, and married a second time. In 1929, he and his wife, Nada Adler, immigrated to Palestine, where their daughter, Tamar, was born. After spending time in Poland and Berlin, the family returned to Paris. When World War II erupted, Vogel and his daughter fled to southeastern France where Nada was recuperating in a sanatorium. He was interned as an Austrian citizen and freed in 1940 when the Nazis occupied France....
In 1944, he was arrested by the Gestapo, imprisoned in Lyon, and sent to Drancy, a transit camp for French Jews. Four days later, he was murdered in Auschwitz.
Among his works are collections of poems in free meter and several novels edited posthumously by Menakhem Perry. His diaries covering the period 1912–1922 were published as The End of the Days. The novel Married Life was written between 1929 and 1939. The novel has been re-published in Israel in 1986, in a new version edited from the manuscripts by Menakhem Perry,and became a best-seller. A semi-autobiographical novel, written in Yiddish and published in Hebrew as They All Went Out to Battle, is a Kafkaesque/carnivalesque depiction of deliberate, radical self-isolation in the French concentration camp. The Hebrew publication is a version prepared by Menakhem Perry, who made a short novel out of hundreds of pages of the Yiddish manuscript.
The only book of poems he published in his lifetime was Lifney Hasha'ar Ha'afel ("Before the Dark Gate"), in Vienna in 1923....
- Lifnei Sha'ar ha-Afel (70 poems), Vienna (1923)
- Le-ever ha-Dmamah (78 poems), posth. ed. Tel Aviv (1983)
- They All Went Out to Battle (Yiddish)
- In the Sanatorium (1927)
- Facing the Sea, Paris (1932)
- Married Life (1929; Menakhem Perry's version 1986)
- Viennese Romance (c. 1937-1938; posth. ed. Tel Aviv 2012)
- Extinguished Stations (ed. Menakhem Perry) (1990)