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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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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dc.contributor.advisor Kitroeff, Alexander en_US
dc.contributor.author Kegel, Terry en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-02-28T20:28:08Z
dc.date.available 2007-02-28T20:28:08Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/670
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of History en_US
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Jewish youth -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Zionism -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Jews -- Identity
dc.title Effect of the Zionist youth movement on South African Jewry : negotiating a South African, Jewish, and Zionist identity in the mid-20th century en_US
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en_US


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