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.

Art career[edit]

His sculptures in public places include:



  1. ^ "Nathan Rapoport, Sculptor of works on Holocaust, dies". 1987-06-06. Retrieved 2019-08-06.

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.

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