This analysis is partially based on previous reports of the TRT group (Bar-On, 2000; Maoz & Bar-On, 2002). We wish to thank Dr. Schmidt and Ms. Kutz from the Koerber Foundation and Dr. Farris, President of Stockton College, New Jersey and Dr. Jan Colijn, Dean of General Studies at Stockton College, for their help in funding the last few TRT encounters. We would also like to thank Dr. Ifat Maoz for her help in developing the typology of group encounters in conflict settings, Prof. Irene Frieze and the anonymous reviewers of an earlier version of this paper and Dr. Julia Chaitin for editing this paper in English.
Storytelling as a Way to Work Through Intractable Conflicts: The German-Jewish Experience and Its Relevance to the Palestinian-Israeli Context
Version of Record online: 10 MAY 2004
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 60, Issue 2, pages 289–306, June 2004
How to Cite
Bar-On, D. and Kassem, F. (2004), Storytelling as a Way to Work Through Intractable Conflicts: The German-Jewish Experience and Its Relevance to the Palestinian-Israeli Context. Journal of Social Issues, 60: 289–306. doi: 10.1111/j.0022-4537.2004.00112.x
- Issue online: 10 MAY 2004
- Version of Record online: 10 MAY 2004
The storytelling method can be used to work through intractable conflicts. Working-through enables people who have suffered traumatic social experiences to learn to live with these painful events while developing an ability to listen to the pain of the “other.” The storytelling approach focuses on the way personal storytelling facilitates the working-through processes in intractable conflicts. The storytelling approach was used in To Reflect and Trust (TRT), a dialogue group that began in 1992 and involved descendants of Nazi perpetrators and Jewish descendants of Holocaust survivors. The storytelling method was applied to a year-long Jewish-Palestinian student workshop held at Ben Gurion University in 2000–2001.