Jewish Israeli teenagers, national identity, and the lessons of the holocaust

Alon Lazar, Julia Chaitin, Tamar Gross, Dan Bar-On

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Abstract

This article examines the attitudes of a group of Jewish Israeli adolescents who participated in a Holocaust seminar that included an optional trip to related sites in Poland. The authors sought to determine whether youth who participate in such a seminar still consider Jewish Israeli identity important, which lessons of the Holocaust they value, and whether belonging to a survivor's family makes a difference when considering these lessons. The results show that, regardless of participation in the trip and affiliation with Holocaust survivors, the youth hold a strong sense of Jewish Israeli national identity and tend to support Jewish and Zionist lessons more than universalistic ones, although a complex interplay exists between identity and those lessons. Adolescents whose family members included survivors connected a more "power-oriented" interpretation of the Holocaust to a strong sense of national identity; participants not related to survivors developed a more complex frame of reference that combined both power-oriented and humanistic lessons of the Holocaust.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-204
Number of pages17
JournalHolocaust and Genocide Studies
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2004

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