"The Holocaust does not belong to European Jews alone": The differential use of memory techniques in Israeli high schools

Yehuda C. Goodman, Nissim Mizrachi

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Abstract

On the basis of participant-observations of classroom discussions in Jewish Israeli high schools during two memorial days, we examine how different ethnoclass groups within a presumably consensual national collectivity remember the nation. We found that teachers use different memory techniques with different groups of students and in relation to different historical memories, and we suggest that doing so variously repositions subgroups toward the public sphere. We argue that, to understand ethnoclass memory work and its differential appropriation and refraction along ethnoclass divides, scholars need to go beyond the contents of historical narratives and collective ceremonies to inquire into the plethora of memory techniques social actors use.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)95-114
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008

Keywords

  • Citizenship participation
  • Ethnoclass
  • Hegemony
  • High school
  • Israel
  • Memory techniques
  • National memory

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