The Bearers and the Burdens: Holocaust Survivors in the Discourse of Zionism – Idith Zertal

… Although the new state saw itself as the spiritual an dpolitical-material heir of the Holocaust victims, the historic event itself and the direc tbearers of its memory – the survivors – were almost totally repressed and erased from pubic discourse and the official sphere in the first decade of the “statist” period. It was heroes, not ivtims, time. It was as if the leaders of the new state, the shapers of the national political cutlure, were terrorized by the potentially devastating effect those victims/survivors could haev on the fragile souls produced by the zionist revolution.. [which] celebrated amlost exclusively the Ghetto fighters and the partisans. [[constellations volume 5. no 2 , 1993]]

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