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David G. Roskies

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David G. Roskies is the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture and Professor of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

He is the author of numerous books, including Against the Apocalypse (1984) and A Bridge of Longing: The Lost Art of Yiddish Storytelling (1998). A native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Roskies now resides in New York City.

In 2006, he was named the United States Holocaust Museum Scholar in Residence.


  • Night Words: A Midrash on the Holocaust — 1971
  • The Shtetl Book — 1975 (with Diane K. Roskies)
  • Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture — 1984
  • The Literature of Destruction — 1989
  • A Bridge of Longing: The Lost Art of Yiddish Storytelling — 1998
  • The Jewish Search for a Usable Past - 1999
  • Yiddishlands — 2008



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