Eastern, Slavic, and German Studies Faculty

Nick Block

Assistant Professor of the Practice, German Studies and Jewish Studies


My current manuscript is titled Schlepping Culture: The Jewish Renaissance between German and Yiddish, 1880-1940, for which I have received two awards for published articles and the 2016 Leo Baeck Institute Early Career fellowship. This research details the transnational cultural transfers between German and Yiddish modernism as a result of mass migration. My research interests more broadly engage with German-Jewish intellectual history, Yiddish literature, Jewish-Muslim relations in contemporary German culture, Orientalism, and the quest for a new language in German literature since 1945. I have worked as a translator for the PBS television series Finding Your Roots and as an archivist for the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.



Schlepping Culture: The Jewish Renaissance between German and Yiddish, 1880-1940


"Dialogue and Intersection in German Holocaust Memory Culture: Stumbling Blocks and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe." Minority Discourses in Germany since 1990. Edited by Ela Gezen, Priscilla Layne, Jonathan Skolnik. Oxford, NY: Berghahn Books, 2022. (forthcoming)

"The Place of Yiddish in German-Jewish Studies." German-Jewish Studies: Next Generations. Edited by Aya Elyada and Kerry Wallach. Bloomington. IN: Indiana UP, 2021 (forthcoming)

"Interwar Jewish Ex Libris." Jüdische Geschichte & Kultur, Magazin des Dubnow-Instituts 5 (2021). (forthcoming)

"A Multilingual Turn in German Studies: Premises, Povisos, and Prospects." Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German 52, no. 1. (Spring 2019): 14-31. doi:10.1111/tger.12082.

"The Ex Libris of the German-Jewish Artist Emma Dessau Goitein." Emma Dessau Goitein: Un'artista europea a Perugia, 43-48. Edited by Fedoro Boco, Maria Luisa Martella, and Gabrielle Steindler Moscati. Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia. Perugia: Fabrizio Fabbri, 2018.

  • In Italian translation: "Gli ex libris dell'artista ebrea tedesca Emma Dessau Goitein." Emma Dessau Goitein: Un'artista europea a Perugia, 43-48. A cura di Fedoro Boco, Maria Luisa Martella e Gabrielle Steindler Moscati. Museo dell'Accademia di Belle Arti di Perugia. Perugia: Fabrizio Fabbri, 2018.

"A Berlin Republic Convivencia? Ethnic Tensions in the Turkish-German-Jewish Triangle." Geman Studies Review 40, no.2 (May 2017). doi:10.1353/gsr.2017.0050.

"On Nathan Birnbaum's Messianism and Translating the Jewish Other." The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 60 (2015): 61-78. doi:10.1093/leobaeck/ybv002.

•      Awarded the 2015 Leo Baeck Essay Prize

“If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: The Jewish Exilic Mind in Else Lasker-Schüler’s IchundIch.” Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies 2 (2014): 103-120.

“Ex Libris and Exchange: Immigrant Interventions in the German-Jewish Renaissance.” The German Quarterly 86, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 334-353. doi:10.1111/gequ.10186.

•      Awarded the 2012 AATG-The German Quarterly Best Graduate Student Paper


Review of Strangers in Berlin: Modern Jewish Literature between East and West, 1919–1933 by Rachel Seelig. German Quarterly 90, no. 2 (Spring 2017). doi:10.1111/gequ.12034.

Review of Kafka’s Jewish Languages: The Hidden Openness of Tradition by David Suchoff. German Studies Review 37, no. 3 (October 2014): 678-680. doi:10.1353/gsr.2014.0124.