H-Judaic is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely passing of Prof Shlomo Berger (1953-2015), professor of Yiddish Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Born in Tel Aviv, Prof. Berger studied at Ben Gurion University and at the Hebrew University, where he received his Ph.D. He taught at the University of Amsterdam for two decades. At his death he was also the editor of ZUTOT: PERSPECTIVES ON JEWISH CULTURE and co-editor of STUDIA ROSENTHALIANA. In 2013, he published a book entitled Producing Redemption in Amsterdam: Early Modern Yiddish Books in Paratextual Perspective (Brill-Leiden 2013). His other work on the history of the early Yiddish book may be found here: http://eurojewishstudies.org/scholar_shortdisplay.php?idscholar=326
Prof. Adam Teller of Brown University writes on Facebook that Prof. Berger "was a lovely man, friendly, open, charming, with a wonderful sense of humor -- always a pleasure to spend time with. He was also a path-breaking scholar in the field of early modern Yiddish and the history of the Jewish book, as well as the founder and editor of Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture."
We extend deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Jonathan D. Sarna