Dr. Gil Weissblei

Networks of publishers, printers, typographers and designers, who were part of the major changes in the Hebrew culture over the first half of the 20th century.

Dr. Gil Weissblei is an archivist and researcher of the history of the Hebrew book in the 20th century.

Graduated (B. A.) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in philosophy and comparative literature (2000). Since 1999 he has been working as an archivist in different institutions in Israel, among them the Israel State Archives (2003-2008).

Gil Weissblei completed his M.A degree (Cum Laude) in Archive and Information Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005). He served as Editor of “Archion”, the Israeli Journal of Archive Studies and Documentation (2005-2007), and since 2002 as the manager of Haim Hazaz Memorial Foundation historical archive.

Since 2008 he works at the National Library of Israel archives department as the curator of the photograph collection. He was the curator of a few exhibitions on historical themes and author of some articles and exhibition catalogues.

His doctoral thesis, “The Revival of Hebrew Book Art in Weimar Germany”, was written under the supervision of Prof. Richard I. Cohen of the Hebrew university of Jerusalem; the book based on it will appear soon. This study offers a new approach towards the history of the Modern Hebrew Book by focusing on one of its formative epochs, the early 1920s in Germany. The origins of that intensive publishing activity are traced by exploring the intensive involvement of well-known artists, scholars and writers in various Hebrew book-publishing enterprises in Germany of that time.

In his present project, Weissblei focuses on the physical aspects of the Hebrew book as part of a more general cultural phenomenon. His main interest is in the net of publishers, printers, typographers and designers, who were part of the major changes in the Hebrew culture over the first half of the 20th century.