Israel and the Daughters of the Shoah: Reoccupying the Territories of Silence

Israel and the Daughters of the Shoah: Reoccupying the Territories of Silence

Israel and the Daughters of the Shoah: Reoccupying the Territories of Silence

Israel and the Daughters of the Shoah: Reoccupying the Territories of Silence

Synopsis

Employing interviews with nine daughters of Holocaust survivors and an analysis of Zionist discourse, the Israeli-born Lentin (Trinity College, Dublin) explores the ways that the relationship between Israel and the Shoah has been gendered the Shoah becoming feminized and Israel masculinized. The

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Only when the bus chugs up the hill, the evening light, across the dusty bus window, beyond the layers of recycled air-conditioned air, touching and not touching my warm cheek, do I become homesick. Homesick at home, only at home, in the Jerusalem of my youth.

Absurd? Every time I leave, the craving stops. The craving for the home I left twenty-seven years ago for the land from which one emigrates, to which so few immigrate.

I was one of those few. In a file marked ‘personal papers’ I have a carbon copy of my post-nuptial naturalisation papers, together with one Eva MacAonghusa, another post-nuptial blow-in.

In my parents’ home, a book, in Hebrew, by one Efraim Schwartzman, dark green cover – what else? – The Irish War of Independence. Black and white photographs of the founding fathers (plus one Constance Markievicz) of the Irish state, the state I was not to know would one day be home.

Think of it: heym and home the meaning
the same of course exactly
but the shift in vowel was the ocean
in which I drowned

(Klepfisz, 1990c: 228).

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