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Eichmann Trial Altered Worldview of Holocaust

Eichmann Trial Altered Worldview of Holocaust

May 2, 2011

Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought

The Arizona Republic — On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Rememberance Day in Israel, people around the world take time to remember the 6 millions Jews who were lost during this dark period of world history.

Today it is hard to imagine how immediately following World War II, the subject of the Holocaust was avoided by Jews in the Western world.

The memories were too painful, menacing, humiliating, to be acknowledged. As Judith Stern of Ben-Gurion University writes, the consensus among Jews then was that “Holocaust experiences were better left unexplored.”

That all changed with the trial of Adolph Eichmann held in Jerusalem, starting on April 11, 1961.

“After the trial,” according to professor Hillel Klein, a specialist in the psychiatric treatment of Holocaust survivors, “it became possible (for Jews) to remember.”

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