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Sadako Sasaki And Anne Frank: Myths In Japanese And Israeli Memory Of The Second World War

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The Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki, and the German-born Jewish Dutch girl Anne Frank, are two victims of Second World War atrocities, who became posthumous worldwide symbols and myths, universal in their essence. This chapter examines the stories, symbols and myths of Sadako Sasaki and Anne Frank, and the use made of these two girls as part of the narrative of the memory of the Second World War in the national discourses of Japan and Israel; it further looks for the reasons which enabled or forced the inclusion of these myths in these discourses. The memory of the Second World War in Japan was constructed mainly through the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the very last days of the war, before Japan's surrender. In Israel, the memory of the Holocaust was used by the Zionist movement in establishing the new state.

Keywords: Anne Frank; atomic bombs; Israel; Japan; Sadako Sasaki; Second World War



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