Researcher, Jewish Identity and Consciousness Project


Tel: 03-6405319


Maya Nestelbaum Guez graduated with highest distinction (summa cum laude) from the Sorbonne in Paris, specializes in Literature, History, Jewish Studies and the Holocaust.

Her publications examine the issues of Jewish identity and the Holocasut in Romain Gary's literary work. During her research in France, Dr. Guez was granted exclusive access to Romain Gary's private archive, located in Caen, which proved to be most illuminating to her work.

Starting from 2012 she is a postdoctoral fellow in Tel Aviv University, where she investigates aspects of Jewish culture in the lives of Jews during the Holocaust and after.

Awards and Grants

  • June 2004: Excellence prize from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation in Paris for Master's with honours
  • June 2005: Excellence prize from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation in Paris for Ph.D. proposal
  • March–July 2007: Lectures- Romain Gary's literature, for the International Hebrew Association in France
  • June 2008: Yad Vashem Prize (in memory of Mrs. Raaya Shoshan) for Ph.D.
  • January–April 2010: Lectures- Ph.D. research, for the French Jewish community in Paris "Kehilat Gesher"
  • June 2012: Nominated for the prize Le Prix solennels de la Chancellerie in France
  • 2011–Present: Member in the research group EA2303 Jewish and Hebrew Studies in Paris VIII University in France
  • October-November 2015: Yad Vashem Fellowship

Research Interests

I am a literature researcher from the Sorbonne University, whose research focuses on the relation between Literature, History, Sociology and Theatre. My monographs concern Jewish identity and the Holocaust as represented via popular literature, mainly in France. I specialize in the literary work of the French Jewish author Romain Gary. Over the last several years I have focused on such literary theories and topics as intertextuality, hypertextuality, paratextuality, pastiche, European literature, theatre, genocide, Jewish identity, the Holocaust, and multi-culturalism.


Books and Monographs:

1.   maya book   Le cri caché de la Judéité et de la Shoah dans l'œuvre littéraire de Romain Gary, Presses Universitaires de Lille, 2013
2.   פסבדו כריכה 2   Pseudo, Romain Gary/Emile Ajar, Introduction by Maya Guez,ᴾᴵ translation by Rama Ayalon, Publisher: Keter Publishing House, Tel-Aviv, 2015 (in Hebrew)
3.       Romain Gary and the Feminin Univers - Forthcoming
4.       Romain gary/Emile Ajar-Le Double - Forthcoming



1.   גארי Page 2 1135x15002   L'auto-plagiat et l'autorité du texte, Schibboleth- Actualité de Freud, Tensions et défis éthiques dans le monde contemporain, Editions des Rosiers, Paris, Mai 2013; pp.359-367
2.   ETATS DU SYMBOLIQUE-page-0012   Le symbolique de la paternité dans la vision parentale de Romain Gary, Schibboleth -Etats du Symbolique, Paris, 2014, pp.633-645
3.   ETATS DU SYMBOLIQUE-page-0012   Entretien avec Meir Shalev, Schibboleth -Etats du Symbolique, Paris, 2014, pp.735-743
4.   PRESENCE-page-0012   Disturbing Dependence: the creation of an after war Jewish Identity in relation to anti-Semitic perceptions". Schibboleth – Actualité de Freud « Présence de la Shoah et d'Israël dans la pensée contemporaine, Paris, October 2014, pp.293-297
5.       “Projective Identification of Mister Salomon with Biblical Characters: King Salomon”, REEH-Revue Européenne des Etudes Hébraïques, No. 18 , Paris :Editions Suger- Université de Paris VIII, 2016, pp.31-56
6.       “Robots in the Medical World- Technologies and Bioethics: How Engineered Machines Were Introduced to Save Lives"”, Contours of the Furute: Technology and Innovation in Cultural Context (In cooperation with Meira Sommer, Edith Wolfson School of Nursing), Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg, November 2017, pp. 50 – 54.




Other publications:

1.       (1 December 2010). "Review of Thursday night widows". Haaretz - Books. (in Hebrew).
2.    CARL MAI-12   (17 August, 2012). "Understanding Romain Gary through Karl May". Haaretz - Culture and Literature. 4 (in Hebrew).
3.    SOUVENIRS-page-0012   (17 April, 2013). "Review of Les Souvenirs". Haaretz - Books. 7 (in Hebrew).
4.    SNOONIT-page-0012   (22 May, 2013). "A Murderer in Search of Significance". Haaretz - Books. 10 (in Hebrew).
5.   my sad2   (20 March, 2015). "My sad Prostitutes", Review of "Kites" by Romain Gary. Yedioth Aharonot, 7 Leyloy (books). 24 (in Hebrew).
6.   alex2   (27 March, 2015). "Review of "Alex" by Pierre Lemaitre". Haaretz - Books. 12 (in Hebrew).
7.   KISS1-page-0012   (26.6.2015). "Review of Obeijo no asfalto". Haaretz - Books, 6-7. (in Hebrew). (1, 2)
8.   Landao1-page-0012   (1.7.2015). "Interview with Sigalit Landau". Atmosphere, 52-54. (1, 2, 3)
9.   heb   (24.7.2015). "The end of the days around the corner", Review of The Third by Ishai Sarid, "Books", Haaretz, 1-2. (Hebrew). (1, 2)
10.   eng   (24.7.2015). "Future Shock", Review of The Third by Ishai Sarid, Haaretz,10. (English).
11.   CARL MAI-12   (27.9.2015). "Doesn't have the right characteristics to be considered a Jew", "Literature and Culture", Haaretz, 2. (Hebrew).
12.   WONDERKID2   (25.12.2015). "Wonder Kid", Review of Flying Ayala by Revital Eitan, "Books", Haaretz, 7. (Hebrew)
13.   PAUL AUSTER2   (19.2.2016). "Standing in the corner with Paul Auster", Review of Report from the interior by Paul Auster, "Books", Haaretz, 1-2. (Hebrew). (1,2)
14.   2104162   (25 March, 2016). “Inlove with boring men” Review of Nouvelles d'amour by Stendhal (in Hebrew). Haaretz - Books. 6-7. (1,2)
Robert Rockaway and Maya Guez, The Manila Poker Group That Rescued German Jews, Tablet Magazine, 26.8.2016


 Interviews with Maya Guez:


TV   TV11   The current state of multiculturalism in France, Channel 2, 12 January, 2015. (Hebrew)
TV   peace-eiffel   The Terror Attack in Paris, Channel 2, 15 November, 2015. (Hebrew).
TV    11   The Terror Attack in Brussels, Channel 2, 24 March, 2016. (Hebrew).
TV    22   International French Cheese Day, Channel 1, 27 March, 2016. (Hebrew).
TV       French culture in Paris
TV    44   French culture and Gastronomy
TV    55   Sports- The Euro 2016 event in Paris
TV    66   Nord Pas de Calais-France
Radio   RADIO32   "Romain Gary's Birthday" in the radio program "Books Ladies and Gentlemen": IDF channel, 15.5.2015, 17:00.
Radio   paris radio inerview2   "Paris Terror Attack November 2015" in the radio program "Going on Sunday": Reshet B channel, 14.11.2015, 17:00.
Radio   PICTURE22   "Romain Gary's Pseudo" in the radio program "at 3 P.M.": Reshet B channel, 17.2.2016, 15:05.
Newspaper   גארי-page-1 1514x2000   Interview with Maya Guez about Romain Gary. Elad Zeret, "Jewish by the Book", Yedioth, 4.5.2015, pp.24-25. (1, 2)
Newspaper   Capture   Interview with Maya Guez about Romain Gary. Shani Harel, "She'll Always have Paris", Atmosphere, El-Al, September 2015, pp.62-63. (1, 2)
Newspaper   Maya Anat1   Maya Pollak, "Oui, Madame", Magazina, December 2015, 50-56.
Newspaper   picture12   Interview with Maya Guez. Maya Bashan, "The Unusual Habits of France", The Good Life, February 2016, pp.14-15.
Newspaper   Dr. Maya Guez Laisha3  

Interview with Maya Guez about "The Philippine Schindlers - Saving German Jews", LaIsha, November 13, 2017, pp 40-46.

Photo by: Gilad Mashiach, LaIsha Journal, November 2017

TV   Maya LK   "The Philippine Schindlers" - Saving German Jews - "London et Kirshenbaum", Channel 10, 29 November, 2016. (Hebrew).


Academic Steering Committee:

  • January–October 2013

    Co-organizer of the conference "The Presence of the Shoah in Contemporary Thought: Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives." Tel Aviv University, the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Kantor Center, Schibboleth, the French Institute of Tel-Aviv. The conference was held 29-31 October, 2013 at Tel Aviv University.

  • January–December 2013
    Co-organizer of the conference "History, Language and Identities in Post-Holocaust Literary Writings: Romain Gary, Heinrich Böll and Primo Levi." Tel Aviv University, the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, the French Institute of Jerusalem. The conference was held 5-6 January, 2014 at Tel Aviv University.

  • September-November 2017
    Organizer of the conference "Philippine Schindlers: Saving German Jews, 1938-1939." Tel Aviv University, the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, the Foreign Office of Israel. The conference was held November 20, 2017 at Tel Aviv University.


  • March–July 2007

    "Aspects in Romain Gary's Literary Work"; four lectures for members of Brit Ivrit Olamit in France, including keynote lecture.

  • 25 April, 2013

    "Female Resourcefulness in a War Zone: The Literary Expression as Reflected in Romain Gary's Work", in the conference: "Transnational Gender: The Second Annual Interdisciplinary Conference", Tel Aviv University.

  • 7 May, 2013

    "Romain Gary / Emile Ajar – The Hidden Elements of the Holocaust in Post-war Literary Work (1945-1980)", Seminar of the Department of French Studies at Tel Aviv University, keynote lecture.

  • 16 October, 2013

    "Romain Gary – Elie Wiesel: Dialogue between Surviving Kids", in the conference: "From France to the United States: Strategies of a Survivor– The Elie Wiesel Conference", Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Open University.

  • 30 October, 2013

    "Disturbing Dependence: The Creation of Jewish Post-war Identity in Relation to Nazi Perceptions", in the conference: "Presence of the Shoah in Contemporary Thought" at Tel Aviv University.

  • 24 December 2013

    Chair of the session "Mutual Influence between Israel and Diaspora Jewry and the Identity of Memory Design", in the conference: "Jewish Peoplehood and Israel: Israel's Position in Contemporary Jewish Identity", at Beit Hatfutzot, Tel Aviv University, Kantor Center.

  • 6 January, 2014

    "The Hidden Jewish Identity of Romain Gary", in the conference: "History, Language and Identities in Post-Holocaust Literary Writings: Romain Gary, Heinrich Böll and Primo Levi", the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center at Tel Aviv University.

  • 16 November, 2014

    "Romain Gary/Emile Ajar- The pseudonym", in the conference: "The Life After Him: 100 years for the birth of Romain Gary", Tel-Aviv Municipality, Bet-Ariella Library.

  • 15 January, 2015

    "Romain Gary- Life and Death", in the conference: "Humanities in the Living Room", Tel-Aviv University.

  • 2-4 June, 2015

    "Romain Gary's Portrayal of Ambivalent Reconciliation Among Germans and Jews", in the conference: "Towards Reconciliation Confronting the Past and Accepting Accountability in the International Arena", Tel Aviv University, Wiener Library for the Study of the Nazi Era and the Holocaust, Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Minerva Institute for German History, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

  • 8-9 October, 2015

    "The Unadmitted wonderer in Search for a Homeland: The Case of Romain Gary", in the conference: "Spiritual Homelands—Wahlheimat—Elective Exiles", University of Virginia.

  • 5 Jully, 2016
    "Jewish and Chrisitian Mediaval Gastronomy in French Literature" , in the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 2016.

  • 19 May, 2017
    “Robots in the Medical World: How Engineered Machines were Introduced into Operation Rooms, Hospital Wards and as an Aid for the Elderly”, in the 7th Annual Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference at the University of Texas at Dallas 2017 (In cooperation with Meira Sommer, Edith Wolfson School of Nursing).

  • 5 October, 2017 
    “Robots in the Medical World”, Contours of the Furute: Technology and Innovation in Cultural Context (In cooperation with Meira Sommer, Edith Wolfson School of Nursing), Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg.

  • 15 November, 2017

    "Medical History of Israel: Physical therapists and their medical diagnostic abilities for back pathologies", Marketplace, Power, Prestige: The Healthcare Professions’ Struggle for Recognition, Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung Stuttgart

  • 20 November, 2017

    "Paul McNutt: The Compassionate American Organizer of the Rescue Operation", Philippine Schindlers: Saving German Jews, 1938-1939, The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University


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