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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 18, 2009 K rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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!
Daryn
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
Bibliophile
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
Catherine
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.
Marcella
A great book of Israeli history. Recommended to anyone who wants to understand Israel and the consequences that the Holocaust had on its people.
Piotr
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
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."
Siobhan
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!
Lukas
Die siebte Million. Der Holocaust und Israels Politik der Erinnerung by Tom Segev (1995)
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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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