Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 21–48 | Cite as

A ‘Dybbuk Model’ for Holocaust Pedagogy: The Case of the Distribution of Ka-Tzetnik’s Books

  • Galia Glasner Heled


Between 1990 and 2001, the Israeli Ministry of Education freely distributed to students countless copies of the books written by Holocaust author Ka-Tzetnik. This educational project has never been researched and, despite its magnitude and uniqueness, it has abruptly disappeared from public awareness as if it had never been carried out. The motivations that stand behind this initiative and the lessons it teaches about Holocaust pedagogy are the focus of this article. The article examines the influence of political and psychological dimensions in Holocaust pedagogy on the choice of a curriculum. It ultimately offers a close analysis of the conduct of the protagonists of this educational affair and it gives rise to a “dybbuk model” for Holocaust pedagogy. This model offers new insights into Holocaust memory in general.


Ka-Tzetnik Holocaust Pedagogy Memory Ministry of education Israel Dybbuk 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Schechter Institute of Jewish StudiesJerusalemIsrael

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