By Oren Meyers, Eyal Zandberg, Motti Neiger (auth.)
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This could also be seen in the opening dates of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum, affiliated with the left-wing HaShomer HaTzair movement: the museum was inaugurated on the 19 April 1951, but when it was reopened following renovation, it was on the state-set commemoration date of 27 of Nisan, being 6 May 1959. And so our analysis shows that until the mid 1950s, differing social groups tried to shape the mourning ritual in keeping with their specific ideology. But from the mid 1950s onwards the political-cultural centre could clearly be seen to be strengthening with the Zionist hegemony taking over most parts of Israeli society.
The article was signed by four Holocaust survivors, showing that the reporting of such an unusual event required the support of a number of authoritative witnesses. Hence, in order to participate in Israeli Holocaust discourse the writers had publically to display the biographic source that gave them the authority to take part in shaping the collective memory. In sum, our exploration illuminates the transformation of symbolic capital between social fields: during the 1950s and 1960s, the official– political source of authority was essential and newspapers used writers’ symbolic political power to shape the memory of the Holocaust.
This analysis enables us to explore the social–cultural–political struggle between these groups over hegemony through the processes of shaping Holocaust memory. In addition, this analysis illuminates the interrelations between the field of journalism and other social fields such as politics, economics and culture. We investigate these interrelations through three complementary trajectories: the first trajectory focuses on the newspapers and the national ritual. To understand fully the historical perspective, we focus first on Israel’s formative era and more specifically on the establishment and the shaping of the mediated commemorative ritual as part of the national ritual.
Communicating Awe: Media Memory and Holocaust Commemoration by Oren Meyers, Eyal Zandberg, Motti Neiger (auth.)