We asked in an open-ended way in 1999-2000 what national and world events Israeli Jews consider most important from the past 60 years. Ten events were identified as foremost, including three from the time of independence and one that was quite recent. All the major memories are associated with efforts of the state through commemorations and in other ways to create a unitary collective memory. Five social background variables help account for which events are mentioned as most important: birth cohort, education, gender, ethnic origin, and religiosity. Other specific factors such as personal Holocaust experience and voting preferences are also considered.
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We thank Yohanan Peres for helping to arrange our inclusion in surveys in Israel, and Asher Arian, Elihu Katz, Daniel Maman, Zeev Rosenhek, and Barry Schwartz for helpful advice on earlier versions of this paper. The research draws on data gathered using a National Science Foundation grant (SES0001844) provided to Howard Schuman.
- Birth Cohorts
- Collective Memory
- Rambi Publications
- Israel -- Social conditions