By Judith S. Kestenberg, Charlotte Kahn

ISBN-10: 027596261X

ISBN-13: 9780275962616

ISBN-10: 1567508162

ISBN-13: 9781567508161

This foreign research of kid's reviews of prepared persecution, explores the Holocaust and its aftermath as prototypical social trauma. Traumatized folks' emotions of disgrace and guilt in addition to a feeling of being diversified might be successful, they usually might characteristic nice energy to others, search security in isolation, or look for a rescuer. however, as a bunch, the kid survivors of the Holocaust have accomplished striking good fortune as adults.Drawing at the wealth of non-public and interview details, the participants create a synthesis of non-public historical past and mental research. grownup stories of hectic early life reviews are followed by means of discussions in their results and via research of some of the coping mechanisms used to set up a conceivable post-war lifestyles. those bills are individual through the truth that they're by means of and approximately people who grew up in undistinguished Christian and Jewish households; no longer these of in demand figures or resistance opponents or rescuers. All skilled unrest and lots of suffered trauma through the Nazi regime, end result of the battle, and through the post-war turbulence. a huge assortment for college students and students of the Holocaust and for these execs able to aid surviving sufferers of different equipped persecution, civil violence, strife, and abuse.

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46 He would seek out a barber who would have the appearance of a stereotypical Nazi and ask to be shaved. Appearing not to be satisfied, he would request repeated and closer shaving, all the while masturbating under the sheet draping his body. Noting the increasing impatience of the barber, the patient would reach a climax and ejaculate as closely as he might coincide with the barber’s mounting exasperation. During his youth, the patient had attended a Polish military school. As 34 Psychohistorical Perspectives the only Jewish student, he was subjected to brutal ‘‘hazing’’ by fellow students, abetted by teachers.

The new Israeli identity, sun-burned, practical, and strong, was grafted upon the old identity of the helpless victim. ’’21 What appeared to be a moderately healthy and adaptive way of dealing with the Holocaust could be achieved only with massive denial and repression of the traumatic period. It is not surprising, therefore, that the intolerable memories of the past eventually returned to haunt the survivor. And so it was for a woman who, as a child, had been removed from the Warsaw ghetto and raised secretly by a Catholic family.

After a period of latency, defenses gave way and some working-through of the psychological sequelae of the Holocaust trauma became possible. For the most part, these traumatized people displayed an astonishing, hope-inspiring resilience. NOTES 1. Elie Wiesel, ‘‘The Holocaust: Three Views,’’ ADL Bulletin (November 1977): 6. 2. Lucy S. Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews, 1933–1945 (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1976). 3. The use of the term ‘‘Holocaust’’ suggests to some people that the Jewish people have a need to collaborate in their own victimization.

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