The Holocaust

Narratives of complicity and victimhood

Authored by: Peter Wien

The Routledge Handbook of Muslim–Jewish Relations

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415645164
eBook ISBN: 9781315675787
Adobe ISBN: 9781317383215

10.4324/9781315675787.ch19

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Abstract

In the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Holocaust plays a central role in a war of words and a competition over historical memory and a legacy of suffering. Often, the Holocaust and the Nakba are juxtaposed and intertwined in ways that cannot do justice to the relative paradigmatic importance of each event in a context of world history because they reflect deeply felt personal experiences of injustice. This chapter constitutes an attempt to disaggregate the various elements of the debate and its historical roots (see Chapter 20). It focuses on the relationship between Arabs and Jews in particular but will also extend the inquiry to Muslims more broadly.

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