Israel's Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood

Israel's Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood

by Idith Zertal, Zertal Idith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521850967

ISBN-13: 9780521850964

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The ghost of the Holocaust is ever present in Israel, in the lives and nightmares of the survivors, and in the absence of the victims. In this analysis, Idith Zertal, a leading member of the new generation of revisionist historians in Israel, deals with the ways Israel has appropriated and used the memory of the Holocaust in order to define and legitimize its

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The ghost of the Holocaust is ever present in Israel, in the lives and nightmares of the survivors, and in the absence of the victims. In this analysis, Idith Zertal, a leading member of the new generation of revisionist historians in Israel, deals with the ways Israel has appropriated and used the memory of the Holocaust in order to define and legitimize its existence and politics. Drawing on a wide range of sources, many of them new, the author exposes the pivotal role of the Holocaust in Israel's public sphere, in its project of nation-building, in its politics of power, and in its perception of the conflict with the Palestinians and military occupation of their territories. Zertal argues that the centrality of the Holocaust in Israeli life has led to a culture of death and victimhood which permeates Israeli society, its rituals, and its self-image. This is a book which offers an entirely new perspective on Israel, its history, and the construction of national identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521850964
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #21
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1 The sacrificed and the sanctified 9

2 Memory without rememberers 52

3 From the People's Hall to the Wailing Wall 91

4 Between Love of the world and Love of Israel 128

5 Yellow territories 164

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