History and Memory of the Other: An Experimental Encounter-Programme with Israeli Jews and Palestinians from Israel

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Part of the Muslims in Global Societies Series book series (MGSS, volume 5)

Abstract

The article relates basic assumptions and concepts guiding an experimental encounter-programme between Israeli Jews and Palestinians from Israel, dealing together with the history and the memory of the Holocaust, and also with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Nakba. The programme can be considered as an experience located on the crossing of two educational traditions, and is based on educational concepts of Peace Education and Holocaust Education; it lasted over a year and included a study trip to Berlin.

A research project was carried out in conjunction with the program, based on three series of interviews with the participants, including during the study-trip to Berlin. The findings allow pointing to questions of identity-building during the process, recognising victim’s experiences rather than victim’s identities, processes of inclusion and distancing, and dilemmas faced by the participants when dealing together with the history and the memory of the Holocaust. The contribution shows possible objectives and limits of such a project, as well as the necessary conditions for the emergence of a culture of mutual recognition, without negating the asymmetrical character of the prevailing situation, nor comparing sufferings, nor equating historical facts. It shows that focusing on perpetrators and bystanders, rather than only on victims, can bring common insights for both sides.

Keywords

Mutual Recognition Peace Education Holocaust Education History Teacher Collective Narrative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre National de la Recherche Scientif SociologieParisFrance
  2. 2.International Institute for Education and Research on AntisemitismLondonUK

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