Transmitting Jewish History: In Conversation with Sylvie Anne Goldberg

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and Sylvie Anne Goldberg, Foreword by Alexander Kaye and translation by Benjamin IvryBook cover

Series of interviews that paint a revealing portrait of history and bring together exceptional material on Yerushalmi’s personal and intellectual journeys

Scholar Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (1932–2009) possessed a stunning range of erudition in all eras of Jewish history, as well as in world history, classical literature, and European culture. What Yerushalmi also brought to his craft was a brilliant literary style, honed by his own voracious reading from early youth and his formative undergraduate studies. This series of interviews paints a revealing portrait of this giant of history, bringing together exceptional material on Yerushalmi’s personal and intellectual journeys that not only attests to the astonishing breakthrough of the issues of Jewish history into “general history,” but also offers profound insight into being Jewish in today's world.

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About the Authors

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (1932–2009) was one of the most eminent Jewish historians of the twentieth century, author of, among other works, Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory and The Faith of Fallen Jews: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and the Writing of Jewish History.

Sylvie Anne Goldberg is a professor at the Center for Historical Research, L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, where she heads the Jewish Studies Program. She is the author of several books, including Crossing the Jabbok: Illness and Death in Ashkenazi Judaism in Sixteenth- through Nineteenth-Century Prague and Clepsydra: Essay on the Plurality of Time in Judaism.

Benjamin Ivry is the author of biographies of Francis Poulenc, Arthur Rimbaud, and Maurice Ravel, as well as a poetry collection, Paradise for the Portuguese Queen. He has also translated books from the French by André Gide, Jules Verne, Witold Gombrowicz, and Balthus, among others, and has written extensively about culture for numerous media.