Ida Fink was born in Zbaraż, Poland (now Zbarazh, Ukraine) on 1 November 1921 to a Polish-Jewish family. Her father was a physician and her mother worked as a teacher in a local school. She was a student of music at the Lwów Conservatory. In 1941–42, she spent two years in the Zbaraż ghetto, before escaping with the help of Aryan papers. After the Holocaust, she married and had a daughter. In 1957, Fink immigrated to Israel. She settled in Holon, where she worked as a music librarian and an interviewer for Yad Vashem. She published her first story in 1971. She lived with her sister in Ramat Aviv.
Fink wrote in Polish, primarily on Holocaust themes. Her stories revolve around the terrible choices that the Jews had to make during the Nazi era and the hardships of Holocaust survivors after the war.
A documentary about Ida Fink, The Garden that Floated Away, was produced by Israeli filmmaker Ruth Walk.
- Israel Prize for Literature awarded to Ida Fink, Tuvya Ruebner and Nili Mirsky - Haaretz - Israel News
- Education - Lesson Plan from Teaching the Legacy, E-newsletter Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
- The Jewish Quarterly
- DVD credits.
- "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) - Recipient's C.V."
- "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) - Judges' Rationale for Grant to Recipient".
- The University of Chicago Press (1995). "A scrap of time and other stories". BiblioVault. ISBN 0810112590.
- Ida Fink (1997). Traces. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt. pp. 001–210. ISBN 0-8050-4557-0.
- Sara R. Horowitz, Biography of Ida Fink, Jewish Women's Encyclopedia
- Michael A. Rauch, Ida Fink: An Appreciation, The Forward, 17 October 2011
- Teaching the Holocaust through a story by Ida Fink