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Co-Memory and MelancholiaIsraelis Memorialising the Palestinian Nakba$
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Ronit Lentin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081705

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081705.001.0001

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Introduction: living in the shadow

Introduction: living in the shadow

(p.1) 1 Introduction: living in the shadow
Co-Memory and Melancholia

Ronit Aaron

Manchester University Press

This book starts by presenting the deconstruction of the myths presented which enabled the denial of the destruction of Palestine. Questions of guilt, responsibility and accountability are regularly debated in Israel in relation to Nazi culpability. It also reviews the layers of denial the story of the Nakba encountered. It investigates Nakba co-memory practices from an anti-Zionist rather than Zionist standpoint. Jeffrey Olick explores the moral agonies of German defeat, the most consequential for Germans. There is a link between denial and ‘working through’ in the exploration of the co-memorative work by Israeli Jews. Moreover, this book interrogates the potentialities of internal emigration, questioning whether such co-memoration ultimately appropriates the Palestinian memorising voice. It then presents an Israeli-Jewish story about Palestine.

Keywords:   Palestine, Nakba, German defeat, Israeli Jews, internal emigration, Jewish

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