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Liat Steir-Livny, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer. Holocaust Studies, Film Studies & Cultural Studies  

ARTICLEs

Virtual reality - The representation of the Yishuv, the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors in the film My Father's House (1947)

Liat Steir-Livny 2000

Bonds of Silence, Massuah

The immigration of approximately 500,000 Holocaust survivors in the aftermath of World War II, had found ample expressions in Israeli cinema since the late 1940s. The films distinctively propagated Zionist ideas served as an artistic platform for an ideological outlook, through which the Zionist establishment sought to display its national achievements. They were produced in English because they were supposed to influence the public in the Western world. Such films necessarily presented a tendentious worldview. These films did not deal directly with the Holocaust, but rather, with its Zionist political lesson: the importance of establishing a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. Even though these were propaganda films, intended to influence the Western world, they were also shown in movie theatres as regular fiction films and received reviews from film critics just like any other fiction films. My Father's House, 1947 [Beit Avi], directed by Herbert Kline in 1947, was one of the first fiction films produced in the Yishuv after WWII. The article analyses this film and the way it reflected the Zionist ideology.

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Keywords:

Holocaust commemoration, Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust representations, collective memory, Eretz-Israeli cinema, Yishuv, Holocaust, Holocaust survivors, Zionism

Reference:

Liat Steir-Livny "Virtual reality - The representation of the Yishuv, the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors in the film My Father's House (1947)". Bonds of Silence, Massuah. vol.28, 2000, pp. 343-359 [Hebrew].

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