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The Fall of a SparrowThe Life and Times of Abba Kovner$
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Dina Porat

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762489

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762489.001.0001

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Nakam: The Blood of Israel Will Take Revenge

Nakam: The Blood of Israel Will Take Revenge

“To kill six million Germans” August 1945–December 1947

(p.210) Twelve Nakam: The Blood of Israel Will Take Revenge
The Fall of a Sparrow
Stanford University Press

This chapter considers Kovner's thoughts of revenge. Upon learning of the extent of Jews' suffering, Kovner and his comrades were overtaken by the idea of vengeance. It became their most important goal, dictating their actions: A group of survivors dedicated themselves to nakam (revenge), ready to pay the price, whatever it might be, and to give up everything else. In Italy Kovner formulated the principles that the nakam would be based on, and its objectives. However, by dedicating himself to the nakam, Kovner committed political suicide. It alienated him from close friends, who were insulted for not being chosen to participate; from the members of his own movement in the Jewish Brigade, from the Hativa; and from those who believed in and followed him.

Keywords:   Abba Kovner, Jews, Jewish survivors, vengeance, Holocaust, Jewish Brigade

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