Synopses & Reviews
This controversial and powerful history is the first 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, Tom Segev reconsiders the major struggles and personalities of Israel's past-Ben-Gurion, Begin, Nahum Goldmann-and argues that the nation's charged legacy has, at critical moments-the Exodus affair, the Eichmann trial, the case of John Demjanjuk-been molded and manipulated in accordance with the ideological requirements of the state. The Seventh Million uncovers a vast and complex story and reveals how the bitter events of decades past continue to shape the experiences not just of individuals but of a nation.
".... Throws new light on the central trauma of Israeli society, and the uses and abuses ... for political manipulation..." (Amos Elon, author of The Israelis: Founders and Sons)
"This book is indispensable reading for anyone interested in Israel's self-image and identity....." (George L. Mosse, author of Fallen Soldiers: Reshaping the Memory of the World Wars)
About the Author
Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and the author of One Palestine, Complete and 1949: The First Israelis. The Seventh Million has also been made into a documentary film. He lives in Jerusalem.