Skip to main content

Loeb, Sara(h) 1928-

LOEB, Sara(h) 1928-

PERSONAL: Born October 30, 1928, in Sofia, Bulgaria; immigrated to Israel, 1948; naturalized Israeli citizen; daughter of Itzhak (a factory manager) and Bina (a homemaker; maiden name, Behar) Ben-Basat; married David Loeb (a factory executive), March 3, 1949; children: Shoshana Loeb Kornacki, Ariela Angel, Abraham. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: Attended National University, Sofia, Bulgaria; Bar-Ilan University, B.A., 1988, M.A., 1991, Ph.D. (cum laude), 1996. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, gardening.

ADDRESSES: Home—Beit-Hanan 76868, Israel. Agent—c/o Author Mail, University Press of America, 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706. E-mail— [email protected]

CAREER: College for Interdisciplinary Studies, Rishon Lezion, Israel, lecturer, 1999—. Gan-Raveh District College, lecturer, 1999-2000. Chair of a regional education committee, 1968-78; mayor of her community, 1978-82.

AWARDS, HONORS: Grant from Amos Fund for Encouraging Scholars and Writers, 1997.


Frants Kafka: Shealah shel zehut yehudit, Kibbutz HaMeuchad (Tel Aviv, Israel), 1998, translation from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverston and Chaya Naor published as Franz Kafka: A Question of Jewish Identity: Two Perspectives, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 2001.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Jewish Mourning in Bulgaria; research on Western culture, European Judaism, and Holocaust literature.

SIDELIGHTS: Sara Loeb told CA: "I was sure I would have an academic career until I immigrated to Israel in 1948. Immigration meant adjusting to new conditions, to a different language and lifestyle. I abandoned my dream of an academic life, married David Loeb, a new immigrant from Germany who owned a farm near Tel Aviv, and devoted the following years to raising our three children and working on our farm. In my free time, I did public service work in our community, first as the chairperson of the local education committee, and later as the chairperson of the farm community's cooperative association. When my children left home to pursue their lives, I returned to the academic world and completed my doctorate in comparative literature.

"My late return to academic studies opened broad horizons for me in research and writing. My diversified life experiences as a Jew who received a French education in Bulgaria, my studies at the university in Sofia, my immigration to Israel and the fundamental changes in my lifestyle made me sensitive to subjects related to the life of the individual and the manner in which he/she grapples with complex situations. This is the source of my great interest in studying the life and work of Franz Kafka, the Jewish writer from Prague whose language was German.

"My meetings with many people of varied opinions influenced the direction of my work. I began studying social, historical, and cultural phenomena, using the literary tools at my disposal. Today I devote most of my time to research, teaching, and writing on topics related to Western culture, European Judaism, and Holocaust literature."

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Loeb, Sara(h) 1928-." Contemporary Authors. . 21 Apr. 2019 <>.

"Loeb, Sara(h) 1928-." Contemporary Authors. . (April 21, 2019).

"Loeb, Sara(h) 1928-." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved April 21, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.