Gal Beckerman is an author and journalist. He was a senior editor and writer at The Forward and the Columbia Journalism Review and has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He has been a fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin and was also the recipient of a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. His first book, “When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone,” a history of the Soviet Jewry movement, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2010 and was awarded the National Jewish Book Award and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, as well as being named a book of the year by The Washington Post and the New Yorker.

03.01.12 Winner of the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

09.15.11 Now out in paperback. Look for fall events here.

05.25.11 Two recent longer pieces of mine in the Ideas section of the Boston Globe. One about the Bloodlands, and one on the Peace Corps.

01.11.11 Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for best nonfiction book of the year.

12.10.10 The New Yorker chooses the book as one of its favorites of the year! The Washington Post also puts it on their list as one of their best of 2010!

11.24.10 Anne Applebaum review in the Washington Post calls the book “fresh, surprising and exceedingly well researched.”

11.05.10 There has been some wonderful recent coverage, including this segment on NPR’s All Things Considered and a review in the New Yorker (which I’ve copied out here).



2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
2010 National Jewish Book Award, Best Book of the Year
A New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year, 2010
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year, 2010
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, Holiday 2010