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The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust: A Memoir by [Chayut, Noam]
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Measured, critical, self-conscious and excellently written ... this autobiography is also a travelogue, an initiation novel, and a morality play - all in one. --Shira Stav, Haaretz

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NOAM CHAYUT was born in 1979 and joined the Nachel Brigade as a conscript in 1998. He swiftly rose to the rank of officer and saw action during Operation Defensive Shield. He left the army in 2003 and later joined Breaking the Silence, a platform for former soldiers to record their testimonies about life in the military. His memoir was published in Israel in 2010

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; 1 edition (10 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2DOBMC
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Absolutely gripping story of an emotional and national journey. Life as a conventional Israeli boy, to a soldier, to a damaged man, then through to a period of healing. Very honest - he says he is not prepared to waste his life on this conflict - but so many do give their lives - not only through death but through life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly honest 17 July 2013
By Nurete Brenner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I strongly recommend the book The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust by Noam Chayut. Firstly, he offers a sharp glimpse into Israeli culture and society that is breathtaking in its realism. But more than that, he captures the enthusiasm of a young soldier and the slow shift in perception that only a very self-aware and brutally honest young man can undergo in his understanding of what the Occupation means, what it has wrought in him and fellow soldiers and how it impacts both Israeli and Palestinian society. He expresses it in a way that only a true insider can do. He also writes very well with a keen sardonic style that is a pleasure to read. I think the book should be read by all Israelis but especially those who are about to be conscripted or have a son or daughter in the military or approaching army conscription, who may still be in thrall to the powerful myth that the IDF is a moral and humane army.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balancing facts 9 Aug. 2013
By Sandy Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a 'must read' book for anyone who has an open mind and willingness to accept that governments with an agenda can manipulate at will the 'sheeples' who prefer to fit in any given mold than use their own judgment or 'make waves.' History is full of such examples, and I am certain it will continue to be so as long as sheeples prefer to relinquish self-responsibility to others. What I find most chilling is the climate of ignorance which surrounds the writer and encourages the perpetuation of such unethical and immoral agenda.
The book is well and sensitively written. The title captured my curiosity and elegantly reflects the content. Theft of innocence I have heard of, but here we have the opposite: the theft of the belief in true evil.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrogant Noam Learns a Lesson 24 July 2013
By B. Wolinsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a Jewish American, from an Orthodox family, raised to think Israel was my destiny. I grew up singing Zionist songs, wore blue and white on Yom Ha'Atzmaut, and wore an Israeli army jacket on Purim. Those Zionist songs we sang are now antique, and probably as alien to modern Israelis as Captain Kangaroo is to Generation Y! Somehow I think most of the kids I grew up with will defriend me from facebook when they read this review. Oh well, here it goes....

Noam Chayut is what those of us familiar with Israel would call a typical Israeli; independent, strong-willed, and arrogant. It makes sense that he'd be arrogant, because Israel was a country founded on two things; philosophy and desperation. The philosophy was that is was THEIR land, and desperation because it had to be done quickly and with no resources to do it with. Like most Israelis, Chayut goes into the army, becomes an officer, and by his own admittance, most of his work involves taking property, searching the kids rooms while they cower in the corner, all without any due process. I sholdn't criticize too much; the USA did the same in Iraq. Iraq and Afghanistan ain't the USA, so the Bill of Rights doesn't apply there.

Then Chayut leaves the army and realises he was wrong. When he was a kid in school, the Holocaust was used to justify Israel's "fight for survival," but the Holocaust is over. It's no longer making sense as a reason for what Israel does. As for me, I realised a long time ago that the "settler" movement was probably a mistake. Wherever the settlers go, the army follows. If there's an ancient Arab town nearby, the army puts it on lockdown.

Now read the book "Home Girl" by Judith Maitloff. This woman moves into a townhouse in Harlem, right before it became gentrified. The cops aren't much help, and maybe that's the best thing; she toughens up and learns to cope with the locals. Now think hard, what would happen if the NYC cops would stop, frisk, and detain everyone walking down the street, all because a white family moved in? I bet the white family's presence would not be welcome.

Chayut's book reminds me of an article on psychopaths from "American Minds." There are some philosophies that encourage a lack of emathy for others, and I think Zionism is one of them. It's a philosophy that teaches you that you can't be wrong. Under Zionism, every single thing Israel does is perfect; forcing out an Arab town at gunpoint is seen as "security."

I've been losing sympathy for a lot of Israel's problems. Their government needs a policy of "move into Arab lands, and you do so at your own risk."
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 7 July 2013
By Caroline Finkelstein - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an essential book to read. Noam Chayut has all my admiration for daring to write such a sincere and clear description of the violent actions carried out by the Israeli army in the Palestinian occupied territories. It must have been very hard for him to do so and particularly to associate his personal experience as a young IDF officer with the Holocaust. I hope this book will reach many people and in some way contribute to stop the violence and bring a just peace between the two States.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust 30 Nov. 2014
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As with many books I read they seem to speak to one another, the preceding one providing information that make the next more clear. And, when their selection is random, I wonder if there is a randomness in our universe.
I had just finished Alan Wolfe's 'Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It' which deals with the evils that are driven by political goals , that can either be based on good or evil intention. It covers terrorism and counter-evil.
This memoir covers the same territory, which lets us know how very complicated human interaction is. The mis-use of power and the cornerstone of the theory of a 'Just War' which is anchored in the concept of proportionality, which is not a mere numbers game, but "disproportionate damage amoung non combatants, engaging in collective punishment inflicting suffering on the innocent to teach lessons to the guilty few...", can be applied to Israeli actions, especially in those actions of continually taking Arab lands to expand settlement.
What these actions do to their own soldiers is not dissimilar to what our occupations have done to ours. This is a memoir about one soldier who through his own pain has come to see what he has done in the name of extra-judicial actions. He fortunately for us is not alone in bearing witness.
Israel is with its hubris and self righteousness moving away from the international support it could once count on, because the moderates no longer have a viable voice within their politics; to a place that is undermining their own survival. Their own territorial acquisitions have undermined support, but increasingly has made a two state solution unlikely, and a one state solution untenable, as it cannot hold on to a Jewish state where in a few generations Jews will be a minority...how can a minority hold on to power and have a democracy?
Very moving and a confirmation of things that have been suspected and denied too vehemently. Beautifully written. Kudos to Noam Chayut and the other soldiers who have come forward in Breaking the Silence which continues to take testimony.
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