Dr. Gali Drucker Bar-Am

Holocaust memorial books (Yizker bikher) and their paradoxical role as expressions of the rising Zionist sentiment amongst their various authors and editors.

I study modern Yiddish literature and its cultural history. I am fascinated by the subtle relationship between Yiddish literature and Hebrew literature. In my research, I have focused on examining literary descriptions in Yiddish of encounters with Israel and its unique socio-geo-political settings, and have compared them to parallel descriptions in Hebrew. I have also written about the rise and fall of Tel Aviv as a center of Yiddish culture, by tracing and retelling the stories of its various key cultural institutions. These studies have been the basis of a few of my papers as well as of my monograph, Am I Your Dust? Representations of the Israeli Experience in Yiddish Prose (Israel 1948-1968), which is currently under review.

My I-CORE Daat Hamakom project examines Holocaust memorial books (Yizker bikher) and their paradoxical role as expressions of the rising Zionist sentiment amongst their various authors and editors. I am currently completing a monograph describing this phenomenon as well as working on a digital map providing easy interactive accesses to some of my data. My academic host is Prof. Eli Lederhendler.

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Selected Publications

  • ‘Gaystike erd by Avrom Sutzkever: Between Personal Mythology and National Ideology,’ Journal of Jewish Studies, (forthcoming).
  • May the Makom Comfort you— Place, Holocaust Remembrance and the Creation of a National Identity in the Israeli Yiddish Press 1948- 1961,’ Yad Vashem Studies 42:2 (2014), (in press).
  • “Revenge and Reconciliation: Early Israeli Literature and the Dilemma of Jewish Collaborators with the Nazis,” in: G. Finder and L. Jockusch (eds.), Jewish Honor Courts: Revenge, Retribution and Reconciliation in Europe and Israel after the Holocaust, Detroit: Wayne State University Press (forthcoming).
  • “In Their Own Voice and in Their Mother-Tongue: Newborn Israel in Israeli Yiddish Prose” (Hebrew), in: D. Ofer and Z. Mankowitz (eds.), Israel as Seen through the Eyes of the Holocaust Survivors, Jerusalem: Yad-Vashem (forthcoming).
  • ‘“Normale mentshn in eygenem land’: On Gender and Nationalism in Af Der Arisher Zayt,” by Khaye Elboym-Dorembus, Nashim 27 (2014), forthcoming.
  • “The Holy Tongue and the Tongue of the Martyrs: The Eichmann Trial as Reflected in Letste Nayes,” Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust 28:1 (2014), pp. 17-37.
  • “‘A Voyage between Voyages: A Study of the Three Versions of ‘The Travels of Benjamin the Third’ by Mendele Mokher Sforim” (Hebrew), Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 24 (2011), pp. 93- 124.

Selected Working Papers Related to Daat Hamakom:

  • Lieux de Mémoire’ as Identity Quests: Yizker-bikher in Post-World War II Jewish Culture’ in: ‘Writing the Destruction in the Polish-Jewish World from the End of WWII to the Late 1960s: Productions, Trajectories, Networks’, The Center for Historical Studies (Centre de Recherches Historiques, CRH), Paris (June 2014).
  • ‘The Contested Imagined Community: On the Paradoxical Role of Yizker-Bikher as Agents of Communal and National Identity Change,’ in: ‘Minorities and Nativity’ Workshop, I-CORE: ‘Daat Hamakom,’ the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (May 2014).

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An interview with Yitskhok Luden, last editor of Tel Aviv based Bund publication Lebns-Fragn: