Prof. Nathan Cohen



Curriculum Vitae


Date of Birth:  20.11.1961

Place of Birth: Israel



1983-1986:      B.Sc. with honours,

                          Yiddish department and Jewish History department, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

  1. M.Sc. with honours,

Yiddish department , Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Title: “Day to Day life and Evaluation of the ‘Jewish Fate’ as Reflected in Diaries Written in Lithuania between the Years 1941-1945”.

Prof. Y. Guttman, Supervisor.

  1. Ph.D,

Yiddish department , Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Title: ”The Jewish Literary and Journalistic Center in Warsaw Between 1920-1942 as Reflected  by the Association of Jewish Writers and Journalists”

Prof. C. Shmeruk and Prof E. Mendelsohn, Supervisors.

Professional Occupation

1984-1989       Research assistant to Prof. C. Shmeruk, Yiddish Department, Hebrew University.

Teacher, Yiddish Department, Hebrew University.

  1.        Teacher, Summer Courses in Yiddish, Hebrew University.
  2.        Interviewer of Holocaust survivors for Yad Vashem.

1991-1997       Historical guide for student groups visiting Poland.  

1995                Lecturer at Tel-Aviv University and at the Hebrew University.

1996-               Lecturer (since 2004 senior lecturer) at Bar-Ilan University and the Hebrew University.

  1. Associate editor of Yad Vashem Studies


Active Participation in International Conferences

  1.        Polish Jewish Relations (Tel-Aviv University).

1992                World Congress of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem).

1993                 Isaac Bashevis Singer (UCL)

“Days of Memory” – Fifty Years to the Liquidation of the Vilna              Ghetto (Vilnius University).

  1.             Conference on Polish Jewish History (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

1997                World Congress of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem)

A Hundred Years of the ‘Bund’ (Warsaw University and the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw)

‏            1999                “The Real Bashevis and his Creation: I.B.Singer” (Austin University,


                        2000                “Jewish Spirituality in Poland” (Jagielonian University, Cracow)

                   “The Jews of Warsaw in the XIX-XX Centuaries” (Jewish Historical

                     Institute, Warsaw)

“Yiddish: Culture, Ideology, Politics” (Hifa University)

“Libraries and Book Collections” (The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History)

2001                “Women in Yiddish Culture” (Bar Ilan University)

  1.           “Jewish Theatre” (University College, London)
  2. “From the ‘Heder’ and Back” (Bar Ilan University)

“Polish Jewry in the Second World War in Light of Recent Studies” (Haifa University)

“Yiddish After the Holocaust” (Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish  Studies)

  1. “Jews and Polish Philosophy between the Wars” (Hebrew University)

“Women Read and Write Yiddish” (Haifa University)

2005                “Bergelson and his Circle” (Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies)

2006                 “VIII EAJS” Conference, Moscow

                         “Insiders, Outsiders and Modern East European Jewry” (Hebrew


                          “Yiddish Culture in the Communist Countries in the Post-War Era”

                          (Jagielonian University, Cracow)

2008                  The First Conference for Jewish Stidies in Warsaw

                          (University of Warsaw)


2009                   World Cogress of Jewish Studies (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

2009                   A Century of Yiddish, 1908-2008 (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)                         

2010                   Warsaw – History of a Jewish Metropolis (University College,







Nathan Cohen


                                               List of  Publications




1. Books, writers and Newspapers: The Jewish Cultural Center in Warsaw, 1918-1942, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2003, 363pp. (Hebrew)


Books Edited


2. Nathan Cohen, Esther Farbstein and Asaf Yedidya (eds.), Memory in Book: The Holocaust in Prefaces to Rabbinical Literature, Jerusalem: Reuven Mass, 2008, 320pp. (Hebrew)


3. Associate Editor of Yad Vashem Studies, Volumes 26 (1999) onward


Articles in Journals and chapters in Books


4. “The Destruction of the Jews of Butrimonys as Described in a Farewell Letter from a Local Jew”,

Holocaust and Genocide Studies 4(3) (1989) pp. 357-375   


5. “Diaries of the Sonderkommandos in Aushwitz: Coping with Fate and Reality”,

Yad Vashem Studies 20 (1990) pp.273-312    (English and Hebrew)


6. “The Neurenberg Laws as Reflected in the Jewish Press in Warsaw”,

Yalkut Moreshet 48 (1992) pp.33-54   (Hebrew)


7. “The Sensationalist Jewish Press in Warsaw Between the Two World Wars”,

Qesher 11 (1992) pp.80-94   (Hebrew)


8. “The Reality of Extermination as Reflected in Diaries Written in Lithuania Between 1941 and 1945”,

Dapim Lecheker Tkufat Hashoa (1993) pp.257-278   (Hebrew)


9. “Diaries of the Sonderkommando”, in Y.Gutman and M.Berenbaum (eds.), Anatomy of the Aushwits Death Camp, Bloomington and Indianapolis:  Indiana university Press (1994) pp.522-534  


10. “The Attitude of Lithuanians Towards Jews During the Holocaust as reflected in Diaries”, in The Days of Memory – International Conference in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Liquidation of the Vilnius Ghetto, October 11-16  1993, Vilnius 1995, pp.211-216  


11. “’The Press is Swallowing Up our Literature”: The Relationship Between Yiddish Authors and Journalists in Poland During the Interwar Period’,

Qesher 18 (1995) pp.87-92   (Hebrew)


12. “The Jewish Writers and Journalists Association in Warsaw in the Life and Writings of I.B.Singer”, in Chone Shmeruk and Shmuel Werses (eds.), Between Two World Wars , Jerusalem: Magnes Press (1997) pp.247-264   (Hebrew)


13. “The Last Days of the Jewish Literary and Press Center in Warsaw”,

Galed 15-16 (1997) pp.145-168    (Hebrew)


14. “The Hebrew Literary Milieu in Poland (1920-1939) and its Connections with the Literary establishment in Eretz Yisrael”,

Tarbitz 67 (1998) pp.379-395   (Hebrew)


15. “A Doomed Struggle: Hebrew Dailies in Warsaw Between the World Wars”,

Qesher 23 (1998) pp. 93-101   (Hebrew)


16. “The Contribution of the Bund to Jewish Cultural Life in Poland Between the Two World Wars”,

Chulyot 5 (1999) pp. 291-306   (Hebrew)


17. “Czy mozliwa jest ortodoksyjna beletrystyka? Polemika w ortodoksyjnych czasopismach” (Is there any Orthodox Belles-Letters? A Polemics in Orthodox Journals), M. Galas (red.), Duchowosc Zydowska w Polsce, Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka, 2000, pp. 383-390 (Polish)


18. “Tłomackie 13 – The Heart and Soul of Jewish Literary Warsaw”, in: Eleonora Bergman and Olga Zienkiewicz (eds.), Żydzi Warszawy, Warszawa: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny, 2000, pp. 91-98


19. “Young Yiddish Literature in Interwar Poland: its Publications and Struggle for recognition”, Israel Bartal and Israel Gutman (eds.), The Broken Chain: Polish Jewry through the Ages, II, Jerualem: Zalman Shazar Center, 2001, pp. 233-252 (Hebrew).


20. “Jewish Daily Newspapers in Poland”,

Israel Bartal and Israel Gutman (eds.), The Broken Chain: Polish Jewry through the Ages, II, Jerualem: Zalman Shazar Center, 2001, pp. 301-326 (Hebrew).


21. “Zvi Prilutski’s Memoirs as a Source for the Research of Yiddish Journalism in Warsaw”, David Assaf, Israel Bartal, Shmuel Feiner and others (eds.), Studies in East European Jewish History and Culture in Honor of Professor Shmuel Werses, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2002, pp. 385-402 (Hebrew).


22. “The Bund’s Contribution to yiddish Culture in Poland between the two World wars”, in: J. Jacobs (ed.), Jewish Politics in Eastern Europe: the Bund at 100, Hampshire: Palgrave, 2001, pp. 112-130 (revised version of number 16)


23. “Revealing Bashevis’s Earliest Autobiographical Novel, Varshe 1914-1918”,

Seth L. Wolitz (ed.), the Hidden Isaac Bashevis singer, Austin: University of Texas Press 2001, pp. 151-161


24. “The Jews of Independent Poland – Linguistic and Cultural Changes”,

Ernest Krausz and Gitta tulea (eds.) Starting the Twenty-First Century, New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers, 2002, pp. 161-175.


25. “Jewish Libraries in Interwar Poland and Their Readers”,

Zion, 67 (2002), pp. 163-188 (Hebrew)


26. “Yitskhok Bashevis-Zinger and the Writers’ and Journalists’ Association in Warsaw”, In: Hugh Denman (Ed.), Isaac Bashevis Singer: His Work and His World, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2002, pp. 169-182 (revised version of number 12)


27. “The Last Days of the Vilna Ghetto: Pages from a Diary”,

Yad Vashem Studies 31 (2003), pp. 15-60.


28. “Shund and the Tabloids: Popular Reading in Inter-War Poland”,

Polin, 16 (2003), 189-211.


29. “The Renewed Association of Jewish Writers and Journalists in Poland, 1944-

1948”, in: Joseph Sherman (ed.), Yiddish after the Holocaust, Oxford: Boulevard,

2004, pp. 15-36


30. “’An Ugly and Repulsive Idler’ or a Talented and Seasoned Editor: S.Y. Yatzkan

and The Beginnings of the Popular Yiddish Press in Warsaw”, Jews in Russia and

 Eastern Europe 1-2 (54-55) (2005), 28-53


31. “The Publicistic Writings of  of Yitzhak Katzenelson during

the Nazi Rise to Power”,

Gal-ed 20 (2006), pp. 101-111 (Hebrew).


32. “Between the Pain of Survival and the Joy of Rescue: The History of Two Rabbis

during and following the Nazi Occupation”,

Dapim: Studies on the Shoa 20 (2006), 113-124 (Hebrew).


33. “The Yiddish Press and Yiddish Literature: A Fertile but Complex Relationship”
Modern Judaism 28 (2) 2008, pp. 149-172


34. “Kadya Molodowsky’s Status and Activity in the Jewish Literary Milieu in Warsaw”,

Bikoret uparshanut 40 (2008), pp. 163-174 (Hebrew)


35. “’We are Mourners as Long as we are Alive’: Coping with the Painful Memory”, in: Nathan Cohen, Esther Farbstein and Asaf Yedidya (eds.), Memory in Book: The Holocaust in Prefaces to Rabbinical Literature, Jerusalem: Reuven Mass, 2008, pp. 63-68 (Hebrew)


36. “Przyczyny emigracji pisarzy jidysz z polski (1945-1948)”, Magdalena Ruta (ed.), Nusech Pojln: Studia z dziejów kultury jidysz w Powojennej Polsce, Kraków, Budapeszt: Austeria, 2008, pp. 231-246 (Polish).

English version: “Motives for the Emigration of Yiddish Writers from Poland (1945-1948)”, Elvira Grözinger and Magdalena Ruta (eds.), Under the Red Banner:

Yiddish Culture in the Communist Countries in the Postwar Era, Wiesbaden: Harissowitz verlag, 2008, pp. 157-163.


37. “Theater and Politics: The Debate in the Warsaw Jewish Press Regarding Itsik Manger’s Adaptation of the ‘Kishefmakherin’ (1937),

Bikoret uparshanut 41 (2009), pp. 131-140 (Hebrew).


38. “Ben Tzion Katz & Yiddish”,

Kesher 38 (2009), pp. 117-120 (Hebrew)


39. “Isaac Bashevis-Singer’s Attitude to the Yiddish Theater as Shown in His Works”, in: Edna Nahshon (ed.), Jewish Theatre: A Global View, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009, pp. 49-61


40. “Polish Literature for Yiddish Readers: Yiddish Translations of Polish Literature”, Teksty Drugie 6 (2009), pp. 174-184 (Polish)


41. "The Presentation of The Shoa in Isaac Bashevis' Works", Bishvil Hazikaron 8 (2011), pp. 32-37 (Hebrew)


42. "What did East European Yiddish Readers Know about Cancer (1902-1939)?", Modern Judaism 32 (2012), pp. 216-241


43. "Sherlock Holmes in the Pale of Settlement: Yiddish Crime Stories 1860–1914", in: Marion Aptroot, Efrat Gal-Ed Roland Gruschka and Simon Neuberg (eds.) Leket: Yiddish Studies Today, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, 2012, pp. 253-278


44. "'A Jewish Woman with the Head of a Man': A Portrait of the Rebetsn Bath-Sheva Singer", in: Israel Bartal and others (eds.), A Touch of Grace: Studies in Ashkenazi Culture, Women's History, and the Languages of the Jews Presented to Chava Turniansky, Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History and The Center for Research on Polish Jewry, The Hebrew University: Jerusalem 2013, pp. 335-349 (Hebrew)


45. "Jewish Youth Reads Polish", in: Daniel Blatman (ed.), Conflicting Histories and Coexistance: New Perspectives on the Jewish-Polish Encounter, The Center for Research on Polish Jewry, The Hebrew University and Magnes Press: Jerusalem 2014 (Hebrew)


 46. "From the Market Place to the University: Yiddish Language and Culture as an

 Academic Field", Studia Judaica 1 (33) (2014), pp. 7-17 (Polish)


47. "Distributing Knowledge: Warsaw as a Center of Jewish Publishing, 1850-1914",

 Glenn Dynner and Franҫois Guesnet (eds.), Warsaw. The Jewish Metropolis: Essays

 in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Professor Antony Polonsky, Leiden and Boston:

 Brill, 2015, pp. 180-206




Book Reviews in periodicals:


48. “Ken Frieden, Classic Yiddish Fiction: Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem and Peretz (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995, pp. 364)”, Studies in Contemporary Jewry 15 (1999), pp. 234-236.


49. “Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature: A First Step”, S. Lillian Kremer, ed., Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work, 2 vols. (New York and London: Routledge, 2003, xlvii+1499 pp.), Yad Vashem Studies 32 (2004), pp. 495-500 (Hebrew and English).


50. “Shimon Frost, Schooling as a Socio-Political Expression: Jewish Education in Interwar Poland (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1998); pp. 176”, Polin 18 (2005), pp. 413-415.


51. “Hagit Cohen, At the Bookseller’s Shop: The Jewish Book Trade in Eastern Europe

At the End of the Nineteen Century (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2006); 188 pp. Zion

71 (2008), pp. 90-93 (Hebrew)


52. “Writing Styles and Political Ideology – David Bergelson and his Work”, Joseph Serman and Gennady Estraikh (ed.), David Bergelson: From Modernism to Socialist Realism (Oxford: Legenda 2007, 363pp.), Tarbiz 77 (2008), pp. 601-608


53. "Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov et. al. (eds.), Studia z dziejów trójjęzycznej prasa Żydowskiej na ziemiach Polskich (XIX-XX w.), (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Neriton: Instytut Historii PAN, 2012, 573 pages)", Gal-Ed 24 (2015), pp. 181-187




Entries in Encyclopedia and Lexicons


1. “Butrymonis”, in Dov Levin (es.), Pinkas Hakehilot: Lithuania, Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1996, pp. 163-166


2. “Turniansky Chava”, in: Paula E. Hyman & Dalia Ofer (eds.), Jewish women: a comprehensive historical encyclopedia (electronic resource), Jerusalem:‎ Shalvi Publishing,‎‪ c2006


3. “Isaac Meir Weissenberg”, in: Joseph Sherman, Dctionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 333: Yiddish Writers, Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2007, pp. 332-336


4-5. “’Shund’ Literature and Newspapers”; “Warsaw as a Yiddish Cultural Center”, in: Yirmiyahu Yovel (ed.), New Jewish Time: Jewish Culture in a Secular Age- an Encyclopedic View, Vol. 1 and 3, Jerusalem: Keter, 2007, pp. 314-315, 350-354


6-32. “Association of Jewish Writers ans Journalists”, “Bader, Gershom”, “Emyot, Yisroel”, “Finkelshteyn, Leo”, “Gebirtig, Mordkhe”, “Globus”, “Haynt”, “Horontshik, Shimen”, “Horovits, Ber”, “Imber, Shmuel Yankev”, “Jaszunksi, Jozef”, “Kaganovski, Froyim”, “Karlinski, Ber”, “Kenigsberg, Dovid”, “Lerer, Yekhiel”, “Literarishe Bleter”, “Literarishe Tribune”, “Mieses, Matthias”, “Der Moment”, “Olitski Brothers”, Perle, Yoshue”, “Rapaport, Yoshue”, “Reyzen, Avrom”, “Shtern Yisroel”, “Spektor, Mordkhe”, “Segalovitsh, Zusman”, “Yustman, Moyshe Bunem” (27 entries) in: Gershon David Hundert (ed.), The YIVO Encyclopedia of

Jews in Eastern Europe, 1-2, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2008