Mark Zaurov was born deaf in Moscow, Russia. Together with his parents and his deaf sister, he emigrated to Israel and later moved to Germany. Growing up in Russia, Israel, and Germany, he acquired several languages and cultures. His working languages are German Sign Language, International Signs, American Sign Language, and German. Currently, he is an independent scholar and a doctoral candidate at the University of Hamburg, focusing on Deaf Jews in Art, Politics and the Sciences, and the Deaf Holocaust (Deaf History and Deaf studies). He is a published author of several books and articles centering on Deaf Jews. In addition, he has also won a four-month fellowship award from Charles H. Revson Foundation, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.