Nathan Rapoport

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Natan Rapoport with his wife Sima in his Warsaw studio (1937).

Nathan Rapoport (1911–1987) was a Warsaw-born Jewish sculptor and painter, later a resident of Israel and then the United States.


Natan Yaakov Rapoport was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 1936, he won a scholarship to study in France and Italy. He fled to the Soviet Union when the Nazis invaded Poland. The Soviets initially provided him with a studio, but then forced him to work as a manual laborer. When the war ended, he returned to Poland to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and immigrated to Israel.[1] In 1959, he moved to the United States. He lived in New York City until his death in 1987.

Monumental art[edit]

His sculptures in public places, with the year they were installed in, include:


Monument de l'Union des Engagés Volontaires et Anciens Combattants Juifs 1939-1945 au Cimetière de Bagneux Parisien France

File:Pomnik Bohaterow Getta 013.jpg|Warsaw monument, east side File:Pomnik Bohaterow Getta 002.jpg|Menorah from the Warsaw monument File:'The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising', bronze sculpture by Natan J. Rapoport, 1947, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel.jpg|The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1976), bronze, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel File:'The Last March', bronze sculpture by Natan Yaakov Rapoport (1911-77), Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel.jpg|The Last March (1976), bronze, part of the Yad Vashem memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising File:Mord-ani.jpg|Monument to Mordechai Anielewicz (1951) at Yad Mordechai, Israel File:Rapoport negba.jpg|Kibbutz Negba, memorial to the participants in the 1948 battles File:Scrollsoffire.JPG|Scrolls of Fire (1971), Forest of the Martyrs near Jerusalem </gallery>


  1. ^ "Nathan Rapoport, Sculptor of works on Holocaust, dies". 1987-06-06. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  2. ^ a b c d Monuments in Israel Commemorating the Holocaust, Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, 3 June 2001, accessed 19 Oct 2021.
  3. ^ Elsby, Liz. Rapoport's Memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – a Personal Interpretation. Yad Vashem website. accessed 19 Oct 2021.

Further reading[edit]

  • Coen, Paolo, «L’artista reagisce in modo artistico. Questa è la sua arma». Riflessioni di valore introduttivo sul rapporto arte-Shoah, da Alexander Bogen e Nathan Rapoport a Richard Serra, in Vedere l'Altro, vedere la Shoah, with an appendix by Angelika Schallenberg, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2012, pp. 6-68
  • Gilbert, Martin. (1987), The Holocaust, New York, Random House, 1987, 317-324.
  • Sohar, Zvi, Fighters Memorial, Monuments to the Fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Sifriat Poalim, Workers' Book Guild, 1964.
  • Yaffe, Richard, Nathan Rapoport Sculptures and Monuments, New York, Shengold Publishers, 1980.

External links[edit]

Media related to Natan Rapoport at Wikimedia Commons