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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 Nazi Germans 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


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



  1. ^ "Nathan Rapoport, Sculptor of works on Holocaust, dies". The New York Times. 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

  • 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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