Amnon Netzer

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Amnon Netzer
Amnon Netzer Hamburg 2007.jpg
BornApril 9, 1934
Rasht, Iran
Los Angeles, CA
Occupationwriter, historian
TitleAmnon Netzer at Iranian Conference, Hamburg, 2007

Amnon Netzer (Hebrew: אמנון נצר‎; November 1934 – February 15, 2008) was an Iranian-born Israeli historian, researcher, professor and journalist.[1][2] Netzer was a leading authority on Iranian history and culture as well as Persian and Judeo-Persian languages. Netzer founded Israel Broadcasting Authority's Persian Service in 1958 and was a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem until his death in 2008.[3]


Amnon Netzer was born in Rasht, Iran. He immigrated to Israel in 1950. In 1963 graduated with degree in Middle East and International Affairs from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1965, he received his degree from Columbia University in New York in Iranian Studies, Indo-European Languages, and Semitic Language and Literature. In 1969 he received his doctoral degrees in the same subjects from Columbia.

Journalism and radio career[edit]

In 1958, he launched the daily Persian language broadcasts for the Voice of Israel radio. In 1970 Netzer returned to Israel where he co-founded the Iranian Studies Department at Jerusalem Hebrew University and began his research in Iranian Jewish History and Culture. He has not only authored numerous articles about Iranian Jews in Persian, Hebrew, English, and French worldwide, but helped edit and compile "Padyavand" a comprehensive three volume book detailing various significant events in Iranian Jewish history. In 1988 Netzer was Recipient of the Distinguished Professor commendation from Jerusalem Hebrew University.[4]


  1. ^ Dr. Amnon Netzer, World-Renowned Iranian Jewish Scholar, Dies at 73, The Jewish Journal
  2. ^ Prof.Amnon Netzer would be buried in Israel, (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel - in Persian) Archived 2012-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ AMNON NETZER, PROFESSOR OF PERSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Archived 2008-10-13 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "H-Net Discussion Networks -". Retrieved 2018-06-20. (link not safe)

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