Dr. Samuel Barnai

Sholom Aleichem’s Kyiv

Samuel Barnai received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His dissertation is titled “Soviet Jewry in the Post-Stalin Era, 1953-1964″ (under the supervision of Prof. Eli Lederhendler, Prof. Yaakov Ro’i, and the late Prof. Jonathan Frankel). He served as George L. Mosse Program Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) in 2009-2011. Samuel is a postdoctoral fellow at The Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 2013. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the European Forum at the Hebrew University.

As part of his I-CORE Daat-Hamakom project, Samuel is studying Sholom Aleichem’s city of Kyiv.

Dr. Barnai’s research interests include: Soviet Jewry; modern Jewish history; nationalism and transnationalism; migration; East and Central European history; Russian/Soviet history; social history.

Selected Publications

Book Articles:

  •  “Jews of Soviet Lithuania. Revival after the Holocaust”, in: V. Sirutavičius, D. Staliūnas and J. Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė (eds.), Lithuanian Jews: Historical Study, Vilnius, Lithuania: Baltų Lankų, 2012 (2nd edition forthcoming), pp. 485-507.
  •  “Jews in Lithuania: 1945-1990”, in: J. Verbickienė and L. Lempertienė (eds.), Lithuanian Jews. History, Culture, Heritage, Vilnius, Lithuania: R. Paknio Leidykla, 2009, pp. 111-117.
  •  “Social Trends during the Khrushchev and Brezhnev years: The Jewish Case”, in: Z. Gitelman and Y. Ro’i (eds.), Revolution, Repression and Revival: Jews in the Former Soviet Union, Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2007, pp. 131-152.
  •  “Soviet Jews in the 1920’s-1930’s”, in: L. Praisman (ed.) History of Jews in Russia, Moscow: “Lechaim”, 2005 (2nd edition in 2007), pp. 456-500.
  •  “Demographic development of Jews in Russia and Soviet Union”, in: L. Praisman (ed.) History of Jews in Russia, Moscow: “Lechaim”, 2005 (2nd edition in 2007), pp. 676-714.

 Book Reviews:

  •  M. Beizer. The Jews of Leningrad, 1917-1939″ Zion (2009) 381-385.”
  •  “Alexander Paritsky, Molitva (The Prayer)” Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXIII (2008): 279-282.
  •  “Ukrainian Jewish History and Documents, 1943-1953 (Mikhail Mitsel, Evrei Ukrainy v 1943-1953 gg: Ocherki dokumentirovannoi istorii)”, Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe 1(56) 2006: 144-147.

 Encyclopedia Articles:

  •  14 entries in: I. Gutman and A. Milgram (eds.), The Encyclopedia of the Righteous Among the Nations. Rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust, Supplementary Volumes 2000-2005, Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2010.
  •  “Jews in Ukraine”, in: M. A. Ehrlich (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008, pp. 1007-1016.