Scholars 2020

Tel Aviv University, The Chaim Rosenberg School for Jewish Studies

"The Community of Hebrew Writers in Eretz Israel and Its Response to the Holocaust (1939-1945)"

Dr. Raquel Stepak is a researcher and coordinator of the writers’ archives at the Laura Schwarz Kipp Center for Hebrew Literature and Culture, Tel-Aviv University.

Raquel Stepak is a researcher in the field of Modern Hebrew literature and Holocaust literature. She completed her doctoral studies at Tel-Aviv University in 2011. Her book on the community of Hebrew authors in the Land of Israel and its response to the Holocaust (1939-1945), based on a doctoral dissertation supervised by Prof. Dan Laor, is forthcoming (2017). She is a post-doctoral grantee of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.

She has authored a few articles on Holocaust literature and also co-edited two academic editions of authors' writings. In one of her recent publications, Stepak uncovered seven previously unknown poems by the renowned Israeli poet Yehuda Amihai (See article:


In addition to the Dan David Prize for scholars, she has received scholarships awarded by the Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies, the Schnitzer Foundation, Yad Vashem, and a grant from the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.

Selected Publications (in Hebrew):

Book (co-editor): Preigerson, Zvi, Gulags: Memoirs from the Period of His Imprisonment in the Soviet Union (1949-1955), editors: Halperin, Hagit and Stepak, Raquel, Sifriat Poalim – Hakibbutz Hameuchad and The Laura Schwarz-Kipp Center for Hebrew Literature and Culture, Tel-Aviv University, 2012.

Articles: Laor, Dan and Stepak, Raquel. The Fourth Notebook: Nathan Alterman on the Grinvald-Kastner Trial, Holocaust and Antisemitism: Research and Public Discourse: Essays Presented in Honor of Dina Porat, edited by Roni Stauber, Aviva Halamish, Esther Webman, Tel-Aviv University and Yad Vashem, 2015, pp. 137-179.

Stepak, Raquel. The Journalistic Response of Yitzhak Lamdan in the Presence of the Holocaust (1939-1945), REEH (Revue européenne des études hebraiques), vol. 17, 2015, pp. 107-121.

Stepak, Raquel, The Poland Issue (August 1940): a Milestone in Commemoration of Jewish Communities during the Holocaust, Kesher, 46, spring 2014, pp. 67-75.