Ideological timing: How Israel scheduled its remembrance of the Holocaust
The young State of Israel decided not to schedule Holocaust Memorial Day on an existing traditional Jewish day of mourning, to promote Zionism's narrative of history.
Sixty years ago, the State of Israel chose not to link the Holocaust to summertime Tisha B’Av, the memorial day for the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem, the expulsion from Spain and, in general, the most cataclysmic of Jewish catastrophes. Instead, the newly established Holocaust Remembrance Day was set for a week after Passover and a week before Israel’s back-to-back Memorial for Fallen Soldiers and...
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