The Seventh Million: Israel Confronts the Holocaust

The Seventh Million: Israel Confronts the Holocaust

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The Seventh Million is the first book to show the decisive impact of the Holocaust on the identity, ideology, and politics of Israel. Drawing on diaries, interviews, and thousands of declassified documents, Tom Segev reconsiders the major struggles and personalities of Israel's past, including Ben-Gurion, Begin, and Nahum Goldmann, and argues that the nation's legacy has, at critical moments -- the Exodus affair, the Eichmann trial, the case of John Demjanjuk -- been molded and manipulated in accordance with the ideological requirements of the state. The Seventh Million uncovers a vast and complex story and reveals how the bitter events of decades past continue to shape the experiences not just of individuals but of a nation.

A groundbreaking examination of the most charged historical events of the century -- the Holocaust, the birth of Israel, and the relation between the two -- The Seventh Million will continue to shape our cultural conversation about once taboo subjects for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809015702
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/01/1994
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 594
Product dimensions: 5.66(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.71(d)

About the Author

Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and author of three works on the history of Israel, 1949: The First Israelis, The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, and One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate. He lives in Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Ka-Tzetnik's Trip3
Part IHitler: The Yekkes Are Coming
1."The Streets Are Paved with Money"15
2."A Son of Europe"35
Part IIHolocaust: It Was in the Papers
3."Rommel, Rommel, How Are You?"67
4."Happy Is the Match"82
5."A Warm Jewish Heart"97
Part IIIIsrael: The Last Jews
6."At First I Thought They Were Animals"113
7."A Certain Distance"123
8."Six Million Germans"140
9."A Barrier of Blood and Silence"153
Part IVRestitution: How Much Will We Get for Grandma and Grandpa?
10."Add a Few Moral Arguments"189
11."Gas against Jews"211
12."The Baby Went for Free"227
Part VPolitics: The Kastner Affair
13."It Is Hard for Us, the Judges of Israel"255
14."His Soul to the Devil"276
15."The Walls Are Beginning to Crack"285
16."Jeremiah the Prophet, for Example"296
17."There Is No Certainty That Our Children Will Remain Alive"311
Part VITrial: Eichmann in Jerusalem
18."Let Them Hate, and Let Them Go to Hell"323
19."Six Million Times No!"345
20."Gloom Shall Not Prevail"367
Part VIIGrowing Up: From War to War
21."Everyone Thought about It"387
22."Hitler Is Already Dead, Mr. Prime Minister"396
23."Deep in Our Souls"405
Part VIIIMemory: The Struggle to Shape the Past
24."Holocaust and Heroism"421
25."The Rest of Your Life with Monik and Frieda"446
26."What Is There to Understand? They Died and That's It"458
27."When You See a Graveyard"477
28."What Does It Do to Me?"487

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