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Introduction: living in the shadow

Ronit Aaron

in Co-Memory and Melancholia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780719081705
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702550 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719081705.003.0001
Introduction: living in the shadow

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This book starts by presenting the deconstruction of the myths presented which enabled the denial of the destruction of Palestine. Questions of guilt, responsibility and accountability are regularly debated in Israel in relation to Nazi culpability. It also reviews the layers of denial the story of the Nakba encountered. It investigates Nakba co-memory practices from an anti-Zionist rather than Zionist standpoint. Jeffrey Olick explores the moral agonies of German defeat, the most consequential for Germans. There is a link between denial and ‘working through’ in the exploration of the co-memorative work by Israeli Jews. Moreover, this book interrogates the potentialities of internal emigration, questioning whether such co-memoration ultimately appropriates the Palestinian memorising voice. It then presents an Israeli-Jewish story about Palestine.

Keywords: Palestine; Nakba; German defeat; Israeli Jews; internal emigration; Jewish

Chapter.  9400 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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