Oriental Jewry and the Holocaust: A Tri-Generational Perspective

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This article deals with one of the most dominant elements in Israeli national identity-the Shoah. The paper asks how the Mizrahim in Israel related to it, since for most of them it was a remote historical chapter. The answer is given through an analysis of three generations of Mizrahim-those who lived during the Second World War and immigrated to Israel during its formative years; their children, most of whom were born in the Jewish State and educated in the Israeli educational system; and their grand children. The first generation viewed the destruction of the European Jews with profound compassion, but felt that the Shoah was a chapter in the history of the European Jews. Their children attempted to connect, facing, to a large extent, resentment and alienation. Their grand-children already have the Shoah burnt in their souls-being an integral part of their self-definition as Israelis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-122
Number of pages29
JournalIsrael Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


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