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The Holocaust Is Over; We Must Rise From its Ashes

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Modern day Israel, and the Jewish community, is strongly influenced by the memory and horrors of Hitler and the Holocaust. Burg argues thatthe Jewishnationhas been traumatized and has lost the ability to trustitself, itsneighbors or the world around it.He shows thatthis is one of the causes for the growing nationalism and violence that are plaguing Israelisociety and rever ...more
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Published October 28th 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published January 1st 2008)
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An important book on an important and often avoided topic: How is the Holocaust used to justify injustice? Burg mainly argues that the inability to move past the Holocaust (that is, the inability of the state of Israel to not compare everything to the Holocaust, or make every crisis an urgent existential threat) stymies the ability of Israel to be a "light unto the nations."

While I agree with many tenets of Burg's ideas, I'm bothered by his inability to land on the fact that the Holocaust is of
Andy Oram
This is an important book for Jews, Israelis, and people who care about the fate of these people (or the Palestinians with whom they tussle so tragically). It is essentially a call for peace, but there is a great depth to it, and the author was quite courageous to take the position that we must redefine Israel's and Jews' purpose without reference to the Shoah--it is hard to understand just how courageous he is unless one knows Israel well. I do feel that Burg is unfairly negative toward the Isr ...more
Tense book that felt like reading on eggshells. Burg pulls a lot of punches but I feel that this was done in a way intended to reach people where that is simply necessary. Note the "we" in the title - it's written for people who have been raised in the shadows of trauma, raised by people with numbers on their arms, or by their absences. Reading between lines, there's also the narrative of communicating with, around and through trauma survivors, attempting to get beyond it rather than to learn ho ...more
Bernie Davis
Excellent book in terms of trying to explain what is wrong with Israel and Israel politics. How do Israeli politicians and others manage to "shoot themselves in the foot" so easily. Avraham Burg's father was one of the true founders of the modern state of Israel. Avraham held some very serious and influential positions in various Israeli governments. It is evident that he has become disgusted and disillusioned in how relatively small groups of "right wingers" have taken hold of the Israel that w ...more
Wahrscheinlich war diese Lektüre für mich dadurch angenehm, dass ich nicht unmittelbar Adressat dieses Buches bin. Ich fand es interessant von jemandem, der aus der Politik, aus dem öffentlichen Leben kommt, etwas über dieses Land zu erfahren. Über den betonten Subjektivismus Avraham Burgs kann man bestimmt geteilter Meinung sein. Mich haben seine persönlichen Anekdoten mal interessiert mal irritiert. Was mit der Zeit ein wenig nervig wird, ist der messianische Ton, den er anschlägt, um über die ...more
A very powerful and provocative work on the role the Holocaust has played in shaping Jewish identity, politics, and Judaism in the state of Israel. It could have been edited and translated a little better from the Hebrew. Although I didn't agree with everyhing Burg said, I believe his ideas are worth chewing on. I only wish he had more thoughts regarding where we go from here; most of his analysis is on the past.
Témoignage intéressant par un acteur/observateur au coeur de la société israélienne. Son analyse sur la façon dont la shoa continue de déterminer la politique israellienne est particulièrement pertinente.

Enfin, les passages plus intimes - sur ses relations avec ses parents - sont émouvants et font de cet ouvrage plus qu'un essai politique/géopolitique.
I do not necessarily agree with how heavily he believes religion plays a role in Israeli/Palestinian relations, and he ignores other factors in the conflict but lots of wonderful personal reflections and an eye opening Jewish perspective
Dan Sofaer
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Very good, learning about Isreal's history and breathing a sigh of relief that someone has the courage to speak out. Confessional and desultory in a refreshing way. Many typos and errors in the translation.
An important book. I loved his Charlie Rose interview. In a nutshell: Tikkun (to heal, mend, repair) is the captsone of Judaism, not paranoia, oppression, isolation. A fresh look.
Kathleen McRae
Avraham Burg is a humanist and has recognized the light of peaceful relations and the terrible destruction that ensues when humanity pursues a militaristic solution.
the author makes some excellent points, but they get lost somehow throughout the book and I wonder if its the translation.

This is an important book about contemporary Israeli society, with a courageous point of view.
Sam Lindsay-levine
Carefully argued, clearly very well thought out, convincing, and insightful.
confusing. distorted. provocative.
Courtney Ali
Slow reading but really good.
Deeply provoking
Abdullah Al Bayyari
وإن كان البعض قد إعتبر الكتاب بمثابة ورقة طلاق أبراهام بورغ (رئيس الكنيست الإسرائيلي الأسبق ، ومدير الوكالة اليهودية سابقا) من الصهيونية الهرتزيلية وبالذات بعد وصفه للدولة الإسرائيلية بالكيان الفاشي ، إلا أن ذلك لا يمنع كون ذلك توظيف تحت مظلة الديموقراطية الإسرائيلية المدعاة ، تماما كحركة السلام الآن ، وغيرها ، إلا أن ذلك لا ينفي الحاجة للتواصل مع تلك العناصر.
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