Effect of the Zionist youth movement on South African Jewry : negotiating a South African, Jewish, and Zionist identity in the mid-20th century

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Title: Effect of the Zionist youth movement on South African Jewry : negotiating a South African, Jewish, and Zionist identity in the mid-20th century
Author: Kegel, Terry
Advisor: Kitroeff, Alexander
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 272055 bytes168351 bytes
Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: This thesis investigates individual differences in identity development and actions of identification amongst a generation of South African Jewish youth in the mid-20th century. Specifically, it examines the effect of one's exposure to and acceptance of the Zionist youth movement in South Africa and its ideology of aliyah, immigration to Israel. Considering a range of individual relationships with the movement, from the unattached to the fully engaged, it gauges the influence of this ideology on the construction of and negotiation amongst one's South African, Jewish, and Zionist identities. After analyzing interviews of nineteen South African Jews growing up in the mid-20th century, I will suggest that through their exposure to the Zionist youth movement, this generation of South African Jewry, while generally ignoring the call for personal aliyah, used Israel as a means for strengthening their Jewish identity. Thus, while mostly unsuccessful in its ideological goal of recruiting immigrants to Israel, the movement's effect was still relatively positive for the survival of the Jewish people.
Subject: Jewish youth -- South Africa
Subject: Zionism -- South Africa
Subject: Jews -- Identity
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/670

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Kegel, Terry. "Effect of the Zionist youth movement on South African Jewry : negotiating a South African, Jewish, and Zionist identity in the mid-20th century". 2003. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/670.

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