The Holocaust and the Nakba: Traumatic Memories and (Bi)National Identities in Israel-Palestine


The Jewish Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba fundamentally shape two peoples' identities. Memories of each function as exclusionary "Myths of Origin," at once demanding acknowledgement by the other, while denying recognition of the other. Deeply polarizing, the Jewish and Palestinian national narratives become irreconcilable, inhibiting prospects for a political settlement.

Amos Goldberg will offer a framework - influenced by Arendt, Agamben, and LaCapra - for establishing an egalitarian public sphere for Jews and Palestinians which will enable both catastrophes to be told on shared ground.

Dr. Amos Goldberg is a senior lecturer of Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of Trauma in the First Person: Diary Writing During the Holocaust (2012).


October 29, 2012, 6-8 PM
The New School, 80 5TH Ave, Room 529