Books & Articles

 

liatsteirThe book One Trauma, Two Perspectives, Three Years focuses on the three years following World War II, in which prominent Jewish organizations in the United States and Eretz-Israel launched a worldwide media campaign for the rehabilitation and resettlement of Holocaust survivors. The campaign, which was based on films and newsletters produced and published by these organizations, targeted Jews and non-Jews around the world, and influenced the shaping of the collective memory of the Holocaust and its survivors. The media produced by these organizations was seen and read by hundreds of thousands of people. Even though it helped to raise hundreds of millions of dollars, it has been marginalized in research. The book compares the films and journalism of the organizations. It shows that even though the organizations in both Eretz-Israel and the USA appealed to the same target audience and dealt with the same subject – the rehabilitation of Holocaust survivors – the difference in countries in which they operated, and their different immediate goals and agendas prompted them to construct two different (at times even opposing) narratives.

 

dagesh2The essay elaborates on the commemorative history of the unknown soldier in pre-state and post-independence Israel. The first part of the essay elaborates on the featuring of the “unknown soldier” in the Zionist discourse of the Jewish Yishuv. The second part of the essay focuses on successive stages in the history of the state-sponsored project that, beginning in 1949, sought to integrate remembrance of the Unknown Soldier into the liturgical foundations of Israel’s statehood.  More

 

 

 

 

 

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The book offers a collection of studies on the history of public commemoration and national memory in pre-state and independent Israel. The first chapter offers insights into Zikharon and Ed (witness) in Biblical Hebrew. The second chapter tells the story of David Bader and his efforts to build tombstones on forgotten graves of Zionist pioneers throughout the Land of Israel. The third chapter details the history of dating Israel’s day of remembrance of the fallen to daleth be-Iyar, the day before Independence Day. This chapter also tells the unknown history of daleth be-Iyar 1940, a day that was marked as a national day of remembrance of the victims of the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt in Palestine.  More

 

 

 

 

dageshnew1In 1926 Max Nordau (1849-1923), Herzl's close friend and eminent Zionist leader, was re-interred in Tel Aviv. The first part of the study explores the Zionist politics underlying Nordau's re-interment in the First Hebrew City. The second part examines the design of Nordau's mausoleum as an aspect of the creation of a Zionist pantheon in Tel Aviv.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The book contains two compelling essays by Herzl’s friend, Gustav Gabriel Cohen (1830-1906). Written in the 1880s, these bear witness to the life force of early Zionism and set forth Cohen’s vision of the Jewish people in possession of a national identity.  The essays also delve into the anguish of the Eastern European Jews as well as the assimiliationist yearnings of Western European Jews.