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By Tom Segev, Haim Watzman
The 7th Million is the 1st ebook to teach the decisive effect of the Holocaust at the id, ideology, and politics of Israel. Drawing on diaries, interviews, and hundreds of thousands of declassified files, Segev reconsiders the foremost struggles and personalities of Israel's earlier, together with Ben-Gurion, commence, and Nahum Goldmann, and argues that the nation's legacy has, at severe moments--the Exodus affair, the Eichmann trial, the case of John Demjanjuk--have been molded and manipulated in line with the ideological standards of the nation. The 7th Million uncovers an unlimited and complicated tale and divulges how the sour occasions of a long time prior proceed to form the reports not only of people yet of a kingdom. Translated by way of Haim Watzman.
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