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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 reuirements of the sta Tom Segev’s The Seventh Million is a fascinating look at how Israel and the Israelis reacted to the Holocaust He begins his tale in Mandate Palestine when the Jewish Agency is trying very hard to bring European Jews to Palestine but with the caveats that they must be Zionists who are interested in creating a new state Segev emphasizes the relative helplessness of the Agency vis à vis British immigration policy and relates several fascinating tales of attempts to rescue sections of European Jewry from their impending doom He also details how postwar Israel saw the vast majority of Holocaust victims as “lambs led to the slaughter” and how the ghetto fighters and members of various resistance groups were valorized as Israelis before there was an Israel and how much of this perception changed after the Eichmann trial as well as the complex and ferocious negotiations surrounding the acceptance of German compensation for Holocaust victims Segev concludes by discussing how the Holocaust became instrumentalized by various political parties in the 1970s and 1980s to fit their own goals I found his work absolutely fascinating as well as incredibly sad – for example the poor children who had lived through unimaginable horrors in Europe were encouraged to “forget” all about it and the psychic damage this must have done them is incalculable This is a deeply intelligent and moving work and a valuable addition to the mass of literature on the Holocaust

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  1. says:

    A few uestions raised by this book1 If Ben Gurion could realistically save only a limited number of Jews from the Holocaust should he have simply saved whoever he could or tried to select those who would most benefit the struggling community in Palestine?2 Given the realistic limitations on the Palestine yishuv in terms of saving Jews during the Holocaust are they to blame for putting their local concerns first and responding with apparent passivityindifference to the plight of European Jewry?3 Does Israel's accepting war reparations funding from Germany imply that the losses of the Holocaust can be compensated? Does this absolve Germany of their responsibility? What should take precedence the practical benefits of accepting reparations or the moral high ground?4 Was Rudolph Kastner a hero for successfully negotiating with Eichmann to save a number of Hungarian Jews or was he a villain for collaborating with the Nazis as well as keeping the rest of the Hungarian Jews uninformed and allowing them to go to their deaths?5 Was Eichmann a devil or was he simply a product of his environment? 6 To what extent was the cooperation of Jews who worked for the Nazis Judenrat Sonderkommando responsible for the Holocaust? 7 Should Israel's response to the Holocaust be a preoccupation with self protection or should it be a preoccupation with preserving democracy even when it comes to offering freedom to those whose presence appears to pose a threat? At what point can Israel's self protective actions be criticized as resembling Nazi behavior?Of course no one can truly answer these uestions Segev explores these issues and others in depth though by offering a great deal of historical detail on these events which give the reader much food for thought Through exploring the complicated relationship between the Holocaust and the state of IsraelIsraeli culture Tom Segev manages to convey a great deal not only about his chosen topic but about Israeli history in general If I were being entirely objective I would probably award this book five stars The breadth of Segev's research and his ability to communicate so much relevant information in a clear and engaging manner even in translation is truly commendable The book was long without being repetitive; it consistently informed and expanded my horizons I had to take off a star though for what I saw as an extremely sometimes gratuitously cynical attitude toward figures and institutions Israelis hold dear Concerning both Ben Gurion and Begin Segev attributed self serving political motives to actions that are usually viewed as ideologically driven While I wouldn't rule out the possibility of self serving motives influencing these choices I feel that self serving motives can co exist with purer ones something Segev seems to overlook in painting a rather bleak picture of these figures And while most of Segev's information is relevant he occasionally includes an anecdote about Ben Gurion or Begin which appears to serve exclusively ad hominem purposesI felt this in particular when Segev described the creation of Yad Vashem My husband who read the book years ago offered what I thought was an apt analogy that of attending a wedding When you attend a wedding you enjoy the lovely party the ambiance the fact that everyone looks happy etc In all likelihood the family hosting the wedding went through a great deal of tension and conflict around the details; as a guest though you don't need to know all that and can simply enjoy the experience at face value Similarly Yad Vashem is a powerful monument to the Holocaust Do I really need to know about all the pettiness and politics that went into creating it?Segev's views on revisionism and politicalideological uses of the Holocaust by Israeli leaders and movements were similarly disillusioning I'm all for intellectual honesty and I'm not advocating revisionism myself Segev seems to have a need to show us the dark and seamy side of things though and I'm not convinced that his views are any balanced than the rosier onesThat said I think this book is a very important and worthy read for anyone interested in the history of Israel and in the impact of the Holocaust on Israeli consciousness It manages to be both educational and accessible Read it critically but definitely read it if the subject interests you


  2. says:

    A very thorough and interesting book Segev starts from the very beginning the fifth exodus to Israel of german jews fleeing the nazis and ends with recent modern reactions of the world and Israel to the holocaust Mause included Segev's style is highly readable and personal keeping the book very vivid and interestingA 'must read' to anyone who wishes to understand Israel the responses to the holocaust and its survivorsHighly recommended


  3. says:

    5 stars just for the fascinating look at the Segev`s perception of modern Israel Some of the part with Ben Gurion could be elaborated But for Central European reader is it worth reading with uite surprising facts


  4. says:

    A solidly documented book about the Jewish people between 1930s and 1990sTom Segev opened my eyes on a totally new world of meanings of Holocaust the Israeli state creation and its perpetual conflict with the Arab worldIt needs to be read with care not everything is as black and white as he sometimes argues it it needs to be read with patience heavy in terms of details data it needs to be read with passion for getting to know on the topicI have started reading the book as I knew very little about its topic and as I was finishing reading it I became aware of how little I knew my personal horizon just got expanded beyond expectations


  5. says:

    First part of the book was five stars; second half three So I split the difference Wow this book wasremarkable Essentially it's about what the Jews in Israel knew as the Holocaust happened what their response was; and then also what it was like for them and for the Jews who were coming into Israel as it was becoming a nation many of whom had suffered through and survived the Holocaust The parts I found less interesting were some of the extensive trials that were talked about in the latter parts of the book For the most part though this made my brain think about new elements of this which I'd never considered before Fascinating


  6. says:

    A brilliant comprehensive and critical study of the politicization of the Holocaust in Israel Segev’s thesis is that Israel has always taken the wrong lessons away from the Holocaust first by pushing it into the background and stigmatizing survivors Then by turning it into a justification for Israel’s existence a mythology which links Israel to Jewish identity and justifies any number of racist imperial policies or human rights abuses The lessons of the Holocaust as they pertain to racism democracy and humanism have all but been shoved into the background A must read for anyone interested in the role the Holocaust plays in Israeli identity


  7. says:

    More starsFantastic history Well explained and written Inteligent insightful Easy reading and deep at the same time I would call it the best book I have read this year By far


  8. says:

    Great


  9. says:

    Tom Segev’s The Seventh Million is a fascinating look at how Israel and the Israelis reacted to the Holocaust He begins his tale in Mandate Palestine when the Jewish Agency is trying very hard to bring European Jews to Palestine but with the caveats that they must be Zionists who are interested in creating a new state Segev emphasizes the relative helplessness of the Agency vis à vis British immigration policy and relates several fascinating tales of attempts to rescue sections of European Jewry from their impending doom He also details how postwar Israel saw the vast majority of Holocaust victims as “lambs led to the slaughter” and how the ghetto fighters and members of various resistance groups were valorized as Israelis before there was an Israel and how much of this perception changed after the Eichmann trial as well as the complex and ferocious negotiations surrounding the acceptance of German compensation for Holocaust victims Segev concludes by discussing how the Holocaust became instrumentalized by various political parties in the 1970s and 1980s to fit their own goals I found his work absolutely fascinating as well as incredibly sad – for example the poor children who had lived through unimaginable horrors in Europe were encouraged to “forget” all about it and the psychic damage this must have done them is incalculable This is a deeply intelligent and moving work and a valuable addition to the mass of literature on the Holocaust


  10. says:

    This is a start but I think better books will and should be written about this subject The English translation shows Segev to be a good writer and there are parts of this book like the early chapters about the political maneuvering by opposing Zionist parties in the Displaced Persons camps and the ill fated strategies of revenge against the Nazis that deserve to be read by anyone interested in the founding of the state of Israel But Segev seems overly credulous when citing political memoirs especially when these are given as the only sources to support his interpretation of an event This is disappointing given that Segev has a PhD in history Segev also doesn't offer much in terms of an overall argument his main point is pretty commonplace that the framing of the Holocaust as a lesson about the importance of universal human rights once the dominant narrative in Israel is preferrable to the current framing of the Holocaust as a lesson about the necessity for a militant and well armed Jewish state to protect the unwitting Jews of the Diaspora from the ever present anti Semitism of Europe and the Islamic world


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