Israel's Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood

Israel's Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood

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Israel's Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood

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 compelling and disturbing analysis, Idith Zertal, a leading member of the new generation of revisionist historians in Israel, considers the ways Israel has used the memory of the Holocaust to define and legitimize its existence and politics. Drawing on a wide range of sources, the author exposes the pivotal role of the Holocaust in Israel's public sphere, in its project of nation building, its politics of power, and its perception of the conflict with the Palestinians. She argues that the centrality of the Holocaust has led to a culture of death and victimhood that permeates Israel's society and self-image. For the updated paperback edition of the book, Tony Judt, the world-renowned historian and political commentator, has contributed a foreword in which he writes of Zertal's courage, the originality of her work, and the “unforgiving honesty with which she looks at the moral condition of her own country.”

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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

Foreword Tony Judt; 1. The sacrificed and the sanctified; 2. Memory without rememberers; 3. From the people's hall to the wailing wall; 4. Between 'love of the world' and 'love of Israel'; 5. Yellow territories.

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