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Nakam: The Holocaust Survivors Who Sought Full-Scale Revenge

Hosted By: American Jewish University

Author Dina Porat and AJU’s Michael Berenbaum discuss Porat’s new book, Nakam (Hebrew for “vengeance”) which tells the story of “the Avengers” (Nokmim), a group of young Holocaust survivors led by poet and resistance fighter Abba Kovner, who undertook a mission of revenge against Germany following the crimes of the Holocaust. Drawing on rich archival sources and in-depth interviews with the Avengers in their later years, Porat examines the formation of the group and the clash between the formative humanistic values held by its members and their unrealized plans for violent retribution.

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