Alternative Memory: Alternative ceremonies on Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day
Liat Steir-Livny 2016
The first alternative ceremonies on Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, were held in 1999 in the Tmuna Theatre in Tel Aviv. The article delineates the characteristics of the official ceremonies marking Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, and explains how the Tmuna alternative ceremonies undertake to subvert these characteristics. It analyses the way these ceremonies reject the National-Zionist aspect of the canonical ceremonies and instead, spotlight individual voices, stories, and perceptions that are not represented in the canonical ceremonies. In a very informal, unorthodox manner, they present ways in which the Holocaust shapes Israeli identity in the present. In so doing, they extend the borders of the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies and of Holocaust remembrance in Israel.
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Israeli culture, ceremonies, Holocaust commemoration, Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust representations, collective memory, Holocaust, Holocaust survivors.
Steir-Livny, Liat. "Alternative Memory: Alternative ceremonies on Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day". Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust. 28, 2016, pp. 131-150 [Hebrew].