Figure 7.1 Rabin’s coffin carried by eight officers, all of whom have served or is serving as chief of staff. (Personal copy of the author; photo taken by Government Press Office, State of Israel.)

Chapter 7

Death of a Leader: The Social Construction of Bereavement

Eliezer Witztum and Ruth Malkinson

The concept of trauma has been widely studied, both in the short- and long-term effects of adversities on individuals, families, and communities (Figley, 1988; Kleber & Brom, 1992). Trauma involving an entire nation has been little explored. A national trauma is defined as a singular catastrophic event that has a pervasive effect on the whole nation. ...

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