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, with the year they were installed in, include:
- Monument to the Ghetto Heroes (1948), bronze, Warsaw, Poland
- Memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1976), bronze, at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; a slightly modified replica of the Warsaw monument
- Monument to Mordechai Anielewicz (1951), at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel
- Monument to Six Million Jewish Martrys (1964), at the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.
- Scroll of Fire (1971) in the Forest of the Martyrs near Jerusalem
- Liberation (Holocaust memorial) (1985), bronze, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey
- Korczak's Last Walk at the Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, NY.
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>
- "Nathan Rapoport, Sculptor of works on Holocaust, dies". Nytimes.com. 1987-06-06. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
- Monuments in Israel Commemorating the Holocaust, Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, 3 June 2001, accessed 19 Oct 2021.
- Elsby, Liz. Rapoport's Memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – a Personal Interpretation. Yad Vashem website. accessed 19 Oct 2021.
- 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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