Richard I. Cohen

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Richard I. (Yerachmiel)[1] Cohen (born September 2, 1946) is a professor of history, presently holding the Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies in the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in the history of Jews in Western and Central Europe in the modern period, in particular the Jews of France, art history, Jewish historiography, and The Holocaust.[2]


Cohen completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University in 1967. He earned his master's degree in 1972 and PhD in 1981, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[2]

He was on the international editorial board of the Encyclopaedia of the Holocaust, published in 1990 in tandem Hebrew- and English-language editions by Yad Vashem.

Cohen's 1998 book Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe explores art by and about Jews, in the context of European Jewish social history, as well as art history, and encompasses both high art and popular visual culture;[3] he produced this work in the course of a 15-year collaboration with fellow Hebrew University historian Ezra Mendelsohn (1940-2015)[4] in efforts to encourage research on the arts and modern Jewish society.[5]

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  1. ^ "Richard (Yerachmiel) Cohen". The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Richard I. Cohen". The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  3. ^ Soussloff, Catherine M. Review of Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe, by Richard I. Cohen. Central European History 33.1 (2000): p. 122-25; here: p. 122. Available via JSTOR: [1] (registration required).
  4. ^ "Ezra Mendelsohn". The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara; Karp, Jonathan (2007). The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 381 (footnote 2). ISBN 978-0-8122-4002-3.  In the introduction, the editors credit Cohen and Mendelsohn (p. 1) with conceiving the seminar "Modern Jewry and the Arts" (held in academic year 2000-2001 at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania) which was the basis of the edited volume, and state, in the cited footnote: "This seminar was the most recent in a series of efforts by Richard I. Cohen and Ezra Mendelsohn over the last fifteen years to encourage work on this topic."

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