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 am a scholar of modern Yiddish culture, studying its contribution to the formation of modern and post-WWII Jewish and Israeli (subjective and collective) identities. My work closely interacts with wider studies of the modern experience, most notably studies of migration and exile cultures, of genocide and trauma, and of the emergence of modern ideologies and political movements and their influence upon the collective ethos of place, space, tradition and memory. Yiddish sources open up new perspectives on these processes by virtue of their typical expression of the misalignment between language, cultural identity and sovereign civic and political spaces characteristic of the experiences of Yiddish-speaking communities worldwide. These sources invite a reconsideration of accepted views about modern, personal and collective senses of ‘belonging,’ social mobility and displacement experiences. In this sense, I use Yiddish studies as a platform from which to reassess and expand modern Jewish cultural history.

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.

I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies at the Open University of Israel.


Selected Publications


Drucker Bar-Am, G. Am I Your Dust? Representations of the Israeli Experience in Yiddish Prose (Israel 1948-1968),” Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi (Hebrew, forthcoming).


  1. Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘In Their Own Voice and in Their Mother-Tongue:

  Newborn Israel in Israeli Yiddish Prose’ (Hebrew), in: D. Ofer (ed.), Israel in the Eyes of Survivors of the Holocaust, Jerusalem: Yad Vashem 2014, pp. 353- 381.

  1. Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘Revenge and Reconciliation: Early Israeli Literature and

      the Dilemma of Jewish Collaborators with the Nazis,’ in: L. Jockusch and G. Finder (eds.), Jewish Honor Courts: Revenge, Retribution and Reconciliation in Europe and Israel after the Holocaust, Detroit: Wayne State University Press 2015, pp. 279- 302 .

  1. Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘The Bund In Israel: Searching for Jewish Working Class

Secular Brotherhood in Zion,’ in: V. Pinto (ed.), ‘Real’ Spaces versus ‘displaced’ Time?: Bundist Legacy after the Second World War, Leiden: Brill (forthcoming).


  1. Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘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.

  1. Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘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 Hebrew version of this article is published in Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust 28:2 (2016), pp. 29-52.

  1. Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘‘“Normal People in a Land of Their Own”: On Gender and Nationalism in Khaye Elboym-Dorembus’s Af der Arisher Zayt,’ Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues 27 (2014), pp. 62-74.
  2. Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘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), pp. 155-195.

A Hebrew version of this article is published in Yad Vashem — Kovetz Mehkarim 42:2 (2014), pp. 125- 155.

  1. Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘Gaystike erd by Avrom Sutzkever: Between Personal Mythology and National Ideology,’ Journal of Jewish Studies, 67:1 (2016), pp. 157-181.
  2. Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘Our Shtetl, Tel Aviv, Must and Will Become The Metropolis of Yiddish: Tel-Aviv — a Center of Yiddish Culture?’,  AJS Review41:1  (2017), pp. 111-132.


1.      Lexicon Entries:

Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘Avrom Karpinovitsh’; ‘Arie Shamri’; ‘Yishayohu Shpigl’, in: Heksherim Lexicon of Israeli Writers, Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University 2014, pp. 825-826, 965, 976 (Hebrew).

Yitskhok Luden and Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘Lebns Fragn: An Introduction,’ Historical Jewish Press Website (JPRESS), (Hebrew, English and Yiddish).


2.      Book Review:

Drucker Bar-Am, G. Review of Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in Poland by Kalman Weiser for: Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXVIII (2015), pp. 296-297.

3.     Conference Proceedings:

Drucker Bar-Am, G. ‘The Anthological Affect: Memory and Place in Early Post WWII Yiddish Culture,’ in: ‘Memory, Lament and Endurance in Early Post WWII Yiddish Culture’ Yiddish After 1945, the 11th Jiddisj Symposium, Menasseh ben Israel Instituut voor Joodse Sociaal-wetenschappelijke en Cultuurhistorische Studies, Amsterdam 2018, pp. 7- 27.