The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust: Notes from an Israeli Life

Author(s): Noam Chayut


"She took from me the belief that absolute evil exists in this world, and the belief that I was fighting against it. For that girl, I embodied absolute evil ...Since then I have been left without my Holocaust, and since then everything in my life has assumed a new meaning: belongingness is blurred, pride is lacking, belief is faltering, contrition is heightening, forgiveness is being born." The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust is the deeply moving memoir of Chayut's journey from eager Zionist conscript on the front line of Operation Defensive Shield to leading campaigner against the Israeli occupation. As he attempts to make sense of his own life as well as his place within the wider conflict around him, he slowly starts to question his soldier's calling, Israel's justifications for invasion, and the ever-present problem of historical victimhood. Noam Chayut's exploration of a young soldier's life is one of the most compelling memoirs to emerge from Israel for a long time.


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This humane journey into the inhumanity of oppression exposes the rawest nerves of the Israeli society and its attitude towards the occupied Palestinians. Very few in Israel would have dared to associate in any way the Holocaust with the occupation, but this bold and sensitive personal account makes it abundantly clear that for Israeli Jews the Holocaust and their policies in Palestine will always be interconnected and inseparable. --Ilan Pappe

NOAM CHAYUT was born in 1979 and joined the Nachel Brigade as a conscript in 1998. He swiftly rose to the rank of officer and saw action during Operation Defensive Shield. He left the army in 2003 and later joined Breaking the Silence, a platform for former soldiers to record their testimonies about life in the military. His memoir was published in Israel in 2010

General Fields

  • : 9781781680889
  • : Verso Books
  • : Verso Books
  • : 0.386
  • : April 2013
  • : 197mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Noam Chayut
  • : Hardback
  • : 513
  • : 956.94054092
  • : 288