My interest in the myths of World War 2 is a personal one. I was born and raised as an Israeli Jew with a family originated from Europe. As such I was interested in exploring the origins of my set of social values.

To me, one of the most fascinating aspects about WW2 is the scale of its features. In a relatively short period of time (6 years, which is not so long for a war compared to the 100 years war, or the Israeli-Arab conflict, which is extending over half a century), a vast number of people lost their lives, over a large geographical area. This large-scale war has affected many lives, in more than one generation. The cruelty of this war is considered unique in modern times. This combination of the scale of numbers and cruelty created a traumatic effect, a feeling that something has gone terribly wrong.

While conducting the research for this paper, I was increasingly interested in the comparison between the German and the Jewish myths of World War 2. Comparing the two that seem to be on polar ends of the same line, and to look at the points of similarity is a highly interesting task. Later, in the installation, I attempted to combine the two sides, extremes, by using aesthetic practices common among the two poles in the installation.