We Israelis Remember, But How? The Memory of the Holocaust and the Israeli Experience

Ofer, Dalia
June 2013
Israel Studies;Summer2013, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p70
Academic Journal
The article explores the effects of the Jewish Holocaust of 1939-1945 on Israeli culture, collective memory, and historical self-understanding. Particular focus is given to the development of public and individual methods of commemorating the Holocaust and remembering its lessons. The author discusses concerns that traumatic memories of the Holocaust would negatively affect Israeli worldviews and political interactions. Emphasis is given to the importance of Jewish survival in Israeli collective memory. Other topics include the Israeli educational system, organized youth field strips to Holocaust sites in Poland, and antisemitism.


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