Prof. Amos Goldberg

Holocaust   |   testimony   |   trauma   |   diaries   |   globalization
Prof. Amos Goldberg
Research Fellow
Fields of Practice: 
Cultural history of the Jews during the Holocaust, testimony and trauma during and after the Holocaust, diaries and memoirs from the Holocaust, globalization of remembering the Holocaust and its influences
History, literature and critical theory

Amos Goldberg is an associate professor at the department of Jewish history and contemporary Jewry and at the school of literatures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Until October 2013 he was a co-editor of the bilingual journal Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust published by Taylor & Francis.

Goldberg’s summa cum laude doctoral dissertation, "Jews' Autobiographical Writings during the Holocaust," was written at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the supervision of Prof. Sidra Ezrahi and Prof. Shlomith Rimmon Kenan. His book Trauma in First Person: Diary Writing during the Holocaust, based on the dissertation, was published in Hebrew in 2012 by Ben Gurion University Press and Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan-Dvir, and a revised and updated version was published by Indiana University Press in 2017. The book's manuscript was awarded the Egit prize for Holocaust literature and research. His current research, supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), deals with cultural history of the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. Currently he also deals with issues of memory and testimony in the Israeli and global contexts, and explores the relations between the Holocaust and post-colonial research from the victims' perspective.

Goldberg was awarded several prizes and scholarships, among them the Kreitman post-doctoral fellowship at Ben Gurion University for the years 2005/6-2006/7, and the three years Mandel position at the Scholion interdisciplinary research center in Jewish Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also received the Urbach prize of the World Union of Jewish Studies, and twice – a prize of the Memorial Foundation of Jewish Studies.

During the years 1994-2006 Goldberg worked at the International School for Holocaust Studies at "Yad Vashem".

Goldberg is a research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and a member of its scientific committee. Together with Prof. Haim Hazan he initiated a research group on "Ethics and Practices of Holocaust memory in the global era," which operated at the Institute in 2007-2009. The group's endeavors came to fruition in a book titled Marking Evil: Holocaust Memory in the Global Age. Goldberg was also among the initiators of an encounter group of Jews and Arabs Studying the Holocaust Together. Following these encounters, he and Prof. Bashir Bashir edited The Holocaust and the Nakba: Memory, National Identity and Jewish-Arab Partnership. Another volume they co-edited together was the (completely different) English book: The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History published by Columbia UP 2018. In 2013 Goldberg edited the Hebrew translation of Zygmunt Bauman's Modernity and the Holocaust, to which he added an extensive historiographical introduction.

His writings were published in Hebrew, English, Polish, French, Arabic, and German.


Publications in the Institute