How would Israelis like their reflection as depicted by the case material? What would be the reaction of group members confronted with the summary of their own experiences? What kind of process might evolve when people see their own experience in the context of the repetitive themes of the groups?
These and other related questions were explored in the last group of interviews, conversations with individuals who read the book or parts of it.
After our first conversation ["Avinoam (I)"], I asked Avinoam to read some parts of The Unfinished Business of War in Israel, and we met again for a conversation about it. In the following, a totally different aspect of Avinoam's personality is revealed -- the professional mental-health worker rather than the hero-soldier.
I What do you feel about what you've read?
AVINOAMMy feeling is that it's very powerful and very human and very beautiful. It's a real-life book. I have read records of many groups or cases, and frequently they sounded false or untrue. Here, I felt it was really, completely true, very credible. I didn't detect anything that sounded fake. This is what I liked about the book.
I I'm very pleased to hear that.
AVINOAMI also liked the insertion of parts that the group
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Publication information: Book title: Tin Soldiers on Jerusalem Beach. Contributors: Amia Lieblich - Author. Publisher: Pantheon books. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1978. Page number: 289.