Privatizing commemoration: The helicopter disaster monument and the absent state

Michael Feige

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The soldier who wrote these words, Erez Shtark, was killed in a helicopter crash, along with seventy-two of his comrades, on their way to Lebanon on February 4, 1997, adding an eerie prophetic meaning to his lyrics. Set to music and performed by one of Israel's top rock bands, Knesiat Hasechel (the church of the brain), the song is well known and quite popular among Israeli youth.1 I heard the song repeated time and again when visiting the monument commemorating the soldiers killed in that crash, located on the northern border of Israel near the town of Kiryat Shmona; no other representative of Israel's rich repertoire of bereavement songs was heard at the site.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNarratives of Dissent
Subtitle of host publicationWar in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture
PublisherWayne State University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780814338049
ISBN (Print)9780814338032
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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