The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust

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Macmillan, 2000 M11 14 - 593 pages

The Seventh Million is the first book to show the decisive impact of the Holocaust on the identity, ideology, and politics of Israel. Drawing on diaries, interviews, and thousands of declassified documents, Segev reconsiders the major struggles and personalities of Israel's past, including Ben-Gurion, Begin, and Nahum Goldmann, and argues that the nation's legacy has, at critical moments--the Exodus affair, the Eichmann trial, the case of John Demjanjuk--have been molded and manipulated in accordance with the ideological requirements of the state. The Seventh Million uncovers a vast and complex story and reveals how the bitter events of decades past continue to shape the experiences not just of individuals but of a nation. Translated by Haim Watzman.

 

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An unflattering examination of how political positions have shaped Israeli attitudes toward the Holocaust. Segev (1949: The First Israelis, 1986) covers world events for Ha'aretz, a leading Israeli ... Read full review

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Segev ( 1949: The First Israelis , LJ 2/1/86), a highly respected Israeli journalist-historian, presents a compelling work of scholarship. This tour de force draws on previously untapped archival ... Read full review

Contents

KaTzetniks Trip
3
HITLER The Yekkes Are Coming
13
The Streets Are Paved with Money
15
A Son of Europe
35
HOLOCAUST It Was in the Papers
65
Rommel Rommel How Are You?
67
Happy Is the Match
82
A Warm Jewish Heart
97
Jeremiah the Prophet for Example
296
There Is No Certainty That Our Children Will Remain Alive
311
TRIAL Eichmann in Jerusalem
321
Let Them Hate and Let Them Go to Hell
323
Six Million Times No
345
Gloom Shall Not Prevail
367
GROWING UP From War to War
385
Everyone Thought about It
387

ISRAEL The Last Jews
111
At First I Thought They Were Animals
113
A Certain Distance
123
Six Million Germans
140
A Barrier of Blood and Silence
153
RESTITUTION How Much Will We Get for Grandma and Grandpa?
187
Add a Few Moral Arguments
189
Gas against Jews
211
The Baby Went for Free
227
POLITICS The Kastner Affair
253
It Is Hard for Us the Judges of Israel
255
His Soul to the Devil
276
The Walls Are Beginning to Crack
285
Hitler Is Already Dead Mr Prime Minister
396
Deep in Our Souls
405
MEMORY The Struggle to Shape the Past
419
Holocaust and Heroism
421
The Rest of Your Life with Monik and Frieda
446
What Is There to Understand? They Died and Thats It
458
When You See a Graveyard
477
What Does It Do to Me?
487
Epilogue
509
Notes
519
Index
581
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Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and author of three works on the history of Israel, 1949: The First Israelis, The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, and One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate. He lives in Jerusalem.

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