The Ethiopian Jewish Exodus: Narratives of the Journey by Gadi BenEzer
Between 1977 and 1985, some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews left their homes in Ethiopia and, driven by an old dream of returning to the land of their predecessors, Yersolem, began a…
The Ethiopian Jewish Exodus synopsis
Between 1977 and 1985, some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews left their homes in Ethiopia and, driven by an old dream of returning to the land of their predecessors, Yersolem, began a terrible and tragic exodus to Israel. As a result of the various political circumstances, they were forced to leave their homes in haste, traveled a long distance through an unknown country, and stayed for one or two years in refugee camps until they were brought to Israel.
The difficult conditions of the trip included racial tensions, attacks from bandits, overnight travel over mountains, imprisonment, illness and death. Five of the group did not survive the trip.
This multidisciplinary book focuses on the experience of this journey, its meaning for the people who made it, and its relationship to the initial encounter with Israeli society. The author argues that strong processes occur in such journeys that affect the individual and society in changing ways of life, including their initial encounter and adaptation to their new society.
Analysis of the psychological and social impact of the journey, examines the relationships between adaptation and meaning, trauma and culture, and discusses personal development and growth.
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