Keeping the Past Alive: Memories of Israeli Jews at the Turn of the Millennium

Howard Schuman*, Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, Amiram D. Vinokur

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)103-136
Number of pages34
JournalSociological Forum
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Birth Cohorts
  • Collective Memory
  • Commemoration
  • Holocaust
  • Israel


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