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The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust

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The Seventh Million is the first book to show the decisive impact of the Holocaust on the identity, ideology, and politics of Israel. Drawing on diaries, interviews, and thousands of declassified documents, Segev reconsiders the major struggles and personalities of Israel's past, including Ben-Gurion, Begin, and Nahum Goldmann, and argues that the nation's legacy has, at c ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published November 14th 2000 by Picador (first published 1991)
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K
Nov 05, 2009 K rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in Israeli history; Jews who want to criticize Zionists
A few questions raised by this book:

1. If Ben Gurion could realistically save only a limited number of Jews from the Holocaust, should he have simply saved whoever he could or tried to select those who would most benefit the struggling community in Palestine?

2. Given the realistic limitations on the Palestine yishuv in terms of saving Jews during the Holocaust, are they to blame for putting their local concerns first and responding with apparent passivity/indifference to the plight of European J
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Meirav Rath
May 17, 2008 Meirav Rath rated it it was amazing
A very thorough and interesting book, Segev starts from the very beginning - the fifth exodus to Israel, of german jews fleeing the nazis - and ends with recent modern reactions of the world and Israel to the holocaust (Mause included...). Segev's style is highly readable and personal, keeping the book very vivid and interesting.
A 'must read' to anyone who wishes to understand Israel, the responses to the holocaust and its survivors.

Highly recommended!
Bibliophile
May 05, 2009 Bibliophile rated it really liked it
Tom Segev’s The Seventh Million is a fascinating look at how Israel and the Israelis reacted to the Holocaust. He begins his tale in Mandate Palestine, when the Jewish Agency is trying very hard to bring more European Jews to Palestine, but with the caveats that they must be Zionists who are interested in creating a new state. Segev emphasizes the relative helplessness of the Agency vis-à-vis British immigration policy and relates several fascinating tales of attempts to rescue sections of Europ ...more
Daryn
Dec 17, 2007 Daryn rated it liked it
This is a start, but I think better books will and should be written about this subject. The English translation shows Segev to be a good writer and there are parts of this book--like the early chapters about the political maneuvering by opposing Zionist parties in the Displaced Persons camps and the ill-fated strategies of revenge against the Nazis--that deserve to be read by anyone interested in the founding of the state of Israel. But Segev seems overly credulous when citing political memoirs ...more
Korkodus
Jul 22, 2016 Korkodus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favs
A solidly documented book about the Jewish people between 1930s and 1990s.
Tom Segev opened my eyes on a totally new world of meanings of Holocaust, the Israeli state creation and its perpetual conflict with the Arab world.
It needs to be read with care (not everything is as black and white as he sometimes argues it), it needs to be read with patience (heavy in terms of details, data), it needs to be read with passion (for getting to know more on the topic)
I have started reading the book as I knew
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Maddy Kumar
Jun 14, 2016 Maddy Kumar rated it really liked it
Tom Segev's account of the Holocaust and the Jewish exodus to Israel deserves to be read by anyone interested in the founding of the state of Israel ; and how it has shaped their personal and political identity.It includes the early accounts of the political maneuvering between the Zionists and the Nazis, Eichmann's debatable strategic decisions and the moral considerations that stem from whether Israel accepting reparations funding from Germany imply that this is suitable compensation for the b ...more
Piotr
Nov 07, 2013 Piotr rated it liked it
Posypała mi się ta książka; z kolejnym rozdziałem miałem wrażenie, że była pisana za szybko, podobnie tłumaczona. I sam Segev po uszy tkwi w wewnątrz-izraelskich politycznych rozgrywkach. Zbyt nierówna jak na taki temat. Rzeczy najciekawsze na koniec: wyjazdy młodych Izraelczyków do Polski, rzeczywistość izraelska dzisiaj - za krótko, za pobieżnie. W sumie bardzo ciekawa książka.
Jak obuchem wali w głowę zakończenie, mowi jedna z ocalałych, w trakcie wizyty w Polsce: "Polscy Żydzi zamordowani w Z
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Nesreen
Aug 28, 2008 Nesreen rated it really liked it
Written by one of Israel's "New Historians," The Seventh Million is one among many laudable texts written over the last 15 to 20 years that puts some of the most damaging Zionist myths to rest.

Using scholarship, investigation, and historic records, Segev gives us a portrait of the ruthless campaign conceived by the Zionists to uproot hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their ancestral land. There never was "A land without people and a people without a land."
Catherine
May 26, 2015 Catherine rated it liked it
I found this book very slow going despite the important topic -- how Israel has engaged with the Holocaust. Perhaps the translation was weak. It is a repetitious, highly editorialized, insider's account, much more focused on insider political accounts than personal stories, and has an irritating tendency to leap about in time. I thought it was too long, too. It's worth reading but I wish someone else who writes more fluidly and personally had covered the topic.
Schopfi
Jan 12, 2016 Schopfi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An honest book on the struggles of memory, identity and the politics shaping and beeing shaped by them. Never Forget - that's something that is easily said. The hard part: where to go from there. This hard look on Israels collective memory shows us how difficult the task really is, if we take it seriously.
For everyone who is convinced that learning from the past is easy: There is a lot of "Past" in human history, and people have tried to learn from it for a long time...
Siobhan
Oct 28, 2010 Siobhan rated it did not like it
Not the most authoritative observation about the Shoah. Then again, I disagree profoundly with his thesis abouty David ben Gurion and other Israeli leaders and their part vis a vis the Shoah. He gets some facts correct but he jumps to conclusions hat have no basis in reality!
Marcella
Jul 04, 2014 Marcella rated it it was amazing
A great book of Israeli history. Recommended to anyone who wants to understand Israel and the consequences that the Holocaust had on its people.
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Tom Segev (Hebrew: תום שגב) is an Israeli historian, author and journalist. He is associated with Israel's so-called New Historians, a group challenging many of the country's traditional narratives. ...more
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