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The Six Day War and American Jewish Life

Michael L. Morgan

in Beyond Auschwitz

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148626
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870011 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195148622.003.0006
The Six Day War and American Jewish Life

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The impact of the Six Day Israeli–Arab War of May–June 1967 on American Jewish life and especially in the way American Jews perceived Israel and the Holocaust is considered. The events of that summer and the changing character of American life shaped the constituencies for the post‐Holocaust Jewish thinkers; they also helped to shape them and their work. The chapter discusses the reactions of the young Jewish radicals, and the various (sometimes bizarre) groupings of thinkers that emerged. To some, the Six Day War enabled the Holocaust to move to a central focal location in Jewish identity, so that by the mid‐1970s, the Holocaust and the Israeli victory of 1967 were intertwined with Jewish pride and sense of responsibility to respond to threat with strength and self‐confidence.

Keywords: American Jews; Holocaust; impact; Israel; Jewish thinkers; Six Day War

Chapter.  6101 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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