Sasha Senderovich

University of Washington, Seattle

Sasha Senderovich is the author of How the Soviet Jew Was Made (Harvard University Press, 2022) and translator, with Harriet Murav, of David Bergelson's novel Judgment (Northwestern University Press, 2017). He is an Associate Professor in Slavic Languages & Literatures and the Jackson School of International Studies, and a faculty affiliate at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Together with Harriet Murav, he is currently working on In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Short Fiction by Jewish Writers from the Soviet Union, which includes translations from Yiddish and Russian; this project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to scholarly work, he has also published essays on literary, cultural, and political topics in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New York Times, the Forward, Lilith, Jewish Currents, the Stranger, and the New Republic.



Review of Marat Grinberg’s The Soviet Jewish Bookshelf

Sasha Senderovich

Reading “between the lines,” specifically for submerged “Jewish knowledge” in the context of the Soviet state’s suppression of the full scope of Jewish tradition and history, is for Grinberg the key attribute of Soviet Jewish identity.


Briv funem arkhiv: An American Package for Soviet Jews

Sasha Senderovich

A melodramatic studio photograph illustrates the widening gap between the American and Soviet branches of the author’s family.


A Clan on the Move: A Zelmenyaner Family Tree

Sasha Senderovich and David Coons

How to make sense of a family saga that charts the very creation of the Soviet Jew: begin by making a family tree.

Texts & Translation


Harsh Judgment

David Bergelson

Translation by Sasha Senderovich and Harriet Murav

Mides hadin (1929) is one of David Bergelson’s most innovative and experimental works. An aura of mystery infuses the opening chapter: three riders go out on an evening patrol that seems more like dream than reality.