Michal Govrin

As the child of a Holocaust survivor, Michal Govrin has used her writing to open a broader conversation about the enduring legacy of the Holocaust. Govrin served as a military reporter for her IDF service and studied comparative literature at Tel Aviv University before earning a PhD in theater and religious studies from Paris University VIII in 1976. She published her first collection of poems, Otah Sha’ah, in 1981 and her first set of short stories, Le-ehoz ba-Shemesh, in 1984, often incorporating Jewish mysticism into her work. She has taught at numerous universities, and chairs the theater department at Emunah College in Jerusalem. Although Govrin’s mother died without ever discussing her experiences in the Holocaust, Govrin began investigating her mother’s history through court records and interviews with survivors who had known her mother. She began finding different ways to explore the Holocaust through her 1994 theatrical production of Buber’s Gog u-Magog and her celebrated 1995 novel Ha-Shem. In 2013 she created the Transmitted Memory and Fiction Group, a collaboration of artists, historians, religious leaders, and scientists who craft experimental Holocaust Remembrance Day rituals to transmit and reframe the story of the Holocaust for a generation that will no longer personally know Holocaust survivors. 


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Michal Govrin at a Paris book salon in 2010. Image courtesy of Georges Seguin via Wikimedia Commons.

Date of Birth

Tel Aviv

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Michal Govrin." (Viewed on January 19, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/govrin-michal>.


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