Curator of Hebrew Literature

The Gnazim Institute of the Hebrew Writers Association in Israel is the largest Hebrew literature archive in the world.

More than 750 archival collections of writers, poets, essayists and playwrights from the late 19th century to the present, are preserved here. Among the literary artists whose archives are kept in Gnazim are Y.L. Gordon, Shaul Tchernichovsky, Yosef Haim Brenner, Yehuda Burla, Rachel, Esther Raab, Leah Goldberg and Zelda and well-known contemporary writers including Yona Wallach, Avot Yeshurun, Yehuda Atlas, Nachum Gutman and Yonatan Ratosh.

The archive was established in 1951 by the Hebrew Writers Association in Israel, at the initiative of the writer and editor Asher Barash. After his death, the institute was named after him.

The purpose of the archive was to assemble and preserve the works of the Hebrew authors who lived and worked in different countries and in Israel. It contains manuscripts, letters, various personal documents and photographs, as well as a unique collection of recordings. It also holds manuscripts and letters of writers who perished in the Holocaust, among them David Fogel, Hillel Zeitlin and Shimon Dubnov. The archives of well-known Yiddish authors, including Zvi Eisenman, Mordechai Tzanin, and the important archive of David Hofstein, who was executed in the former Soviet Union by Stalin in 1952, are preserved in Gnazim.

Researchers, academics and members of the media from Israel and the world use the archive's treasures for  their studies, books or film making.

These days the archive began cataloging and scanning archives for the public's benefit.

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Adiva Geffen - Charman Of The Board