Amnon Netzer

Amnon Netzer
Born April 9, 1934
Rasht, Iran
Occupation Writer, Historian

Amnon Netzer (Hebrew: אמנון נצר; November 1934 – February 15, 2008) was an Iranian-born Israeli historian, researcher, professor and journalist.[1][2] He dedicated much of his life to uncovering, analyzing, and recording the literature, culture, and 2,700-year history of Iran's Jewry.

He founded Israel Broadcasting Authority's Persian Service in 1958 and was a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem until his death in 2008.[3]

Dr. Amnon Netzer is perhaps the world's foremost authority on Iranian history, culture as well as Persian and Judeo-Persian languages. Born in Rasht, Iran in 1934, Netzer immigrated to Israel in 1950. By 1958 he created the daily Persian language broadcasts for the Voice of Israel radio and in 1963 graduated with degree in Middle East and International Affairs from Jerusalem Hebrew University. In 1965 Netzer received his degree from Columbia University in New York in Iranian Studies, Indo-European Languages, and Semitic Language and Literature. In 1969 he received his doctoral degrees in the same subjects from Columbia. In 1970 Netzer returned to Israel where he co-founded the Iranian Studies Department at Jerusalem Hebrew University and began his research in Iranian Jewish History and Culture. He has not only authored numerous articles about Iranian Jews in Persian, Hebrew, English, and French worldwide, but helped edit and compile "Padyavand" a comprehensive three volume book detailing various significant events in Iranian Jewish history. In 1988 Netzer was Recipient of the Distinguished Professor commendation from Jerusalem Hebrew University.[4]

References and footnotes

  1. Dr. Amnon Netzer, World-Renowned Iranian Jewish Scholar, Dies at 73, The Jewish Journal
  2. Prof.Amnon Netzer would be buried in Israel, (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel - in Persian)
  4. "H-Net Discussion Networks -". Retrieved 2018-06-20.


  1. An Annotated Bibliography of the Writings of Amnon Netzer, Institute of Asian and African Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (first draft, 2004)
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