Jewish Communities in Tunisia during WWII: Impacts of Intergenerational Trauma on Coexistence

By Julian Silverman.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This research with Jewish community members from Tunisia explores memories of loss and survival in the Second World War and its impacts on current and future coexistence with non-Jewish others.

Researchers into the Holocaust have commented on the lack of investigation into the experiences of the Sephardim in the North African context (Abitbol 1989, Ward 1999, Laskier 1992). Ward emphasises that the experience of Central and Eastern European Jewish communities predominate in holocaust discourse despite the diversity of non-Ashkenazi communities affected not in only in North Africa but in also in Sephardi populations in the Mediterranean lands as a whole.

This project will provide a voice for North African Jews to tell their stories as part of a participatory, collaborative research process.

Keywords: Jeiwsh, Sephardi, Coexistence

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp.201-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.142MB).

Julian Silverman

Coordinator Diploma of Community Education, School of Global Studies Social Sciences and Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Julian Silverman works in partnership with Australian indigenous communities to develop community development, educational projects and programs. He has developed a range of community building programs and research activities with Australian international volunteers and their local counterparts in a range of countries and is keenly interested in the role that cultural practice plays in community development. His current research into Jewish affairs has grown out of his work in bringing Aboriginal Australians and Holocaust survivors together in community fora to discuss shared issues of intergenerational trauma and dispossession.


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