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. In 1959, he moved to the United States. He lived in New York City until his death in 1987.
His sculptures in public places include:
- Liberation (Holocaust memorial), 1985, bronze, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey
- Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw, Poland.
- Monument to Mordechai Anielewicz at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel
- The Last March, bronze sculpture in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel
- The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, bronze sculpture in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel
- Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.
- Korczak's Last Walk at the Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, NY.
Monument to Mordechai Anielewicz at Yad Mordechai, Israel
- "Nathan Rapoport, Sculptor of works on Holocaust, dies". Nytimes.com. 1987-06-06. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
- 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.
- Official website
- Rapaport's works in Central Jewish Library
- "Nathan Rapoport". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- Nathan Rapoport collection at the Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012.
- POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews