The victimisation motif as a guiding principle of israeli discourse

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The present study describes and systematically analyses the victimization of the Holocaust, in Israeli society's cultural-political discourse, focusing on the interaction among various processes that Israeli society has experienced, including ideological changes that have led to individualism of values and changes in cultural political discussions related to the victimization of the Holocaust. It deals with the collective memory of Israeli society and with the impact that past events have on Israeli discourse, with a focus on the question of whether the voice of victimization has turned into a collective voice that represents Israeli society. The analysis of Israeli discouse of the holocaust over a period of about fifty years shows that ever since the establishment of the State, Israeli society has not ceased to discuss the Holocaust. It not only remembers scenes of the Holocaust, but it also reminds its citizens and the world, that the Holocaust victimization does not belong to the past alone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-83
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Review of Victimology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


  • Shoah
  • discourse
  • victimisation


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