• Sam Sokol

Peer reviewed papers on national memory politics in the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

During the course of reporting on contemporary European antisemitism for the Jerusalem Post, I became interested in the issue of memory policy, how nations construct national narratives via the passage of laws or by changing school curricula. Since the end of the Cold War, former Communist nations such as Lithuania, Hungary and Ukraine have attempted to revise their respective national histories, purging mention of Holocaust collaboration and rehabilitating national heroes guilty of war crimes. Such undertakings are inextricably bound up with the issue of antisemitism.

In my paper Babi Yar as a Symbol of Holocaust Distortion in Post-Maidan Ukraine, I described how in the wake of its 2014 Euro-Maidan Revolution, Ukraine has attempted to remold its history, turning perpetrators into saviors and enraging many in the historical community.

In my subsequent paper The Tension between Historical Memory and Realpolitik in Israel's Foreign Policy, I examined Israel's response to these trends, highlighting how there is a significant gap between Jerusalem's rhetoric and its policies when it comes to revisionism committed by close allies on the continent.

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