Children Surviving Persecution: An International Study of Trauma and Healing

Children Surviving Persecution: An International Study of Trauma and Healing

by Judith Kestenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 027596261X

ISBN-13: 9780275962616

Pub. Date: 10/23/1998

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This international study of children's experiences of organized persecution, explores the Holocaust and its aftermath as prototypical social trauma. Traumatized persons' feelings of shame and guilt as well as a sense of being different may prevail, and they may attribute great power to others, seek safety in isolation, or search for a rescuer. Nevertheless, as a group

Overview

This international study of children's experiences of organized persecution, explores the Holocaust and its aftermath as prototypical social trauma. Traumatized persons' feelings of shame and guilt as well as a sense of being different may prevail, and they may attribute great power to others, seek safety in isolation, or search for a rescuer. Nevertheless, as a group, the child survivors of the Holocaust have achieved remarkable success as adults.Drawing on the wealth of personal and interview information, the contributors create a synthesis of personal history and psychological analysis. Adult memories of traumatic childhood experiences are accompanied by discussions of their effects and by analysis of the various coping mechanisms used to establish a viable post-war existence. These accounts are distinguished by the fact that they are by and about individuals who grew up in undistinguished Christian and Jewish families; not those of prominent figures or resistance fighters or rescuers. All experienced unrest and many suffered trauma during the Nazi regime, as a result of the war, and during the post-war turbulence. An important collection for students and scholars of the Holocaust and for those professionals in a position to help surviving victims of other organized persecution, civil violence, strife, and abuse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275962616
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/23/1998
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface by Charlotte Kahn

Introduction by Charlotte Kahn

Psychohistorical Perspectives

The Background of Persecution and Its Aftermath by Milton Jucovy

Historical Trauma: Psychohistorical Reflections on the Holocaust by Robert Prince

Adult Survivors, Child Survivors, and Children of Survivors by Judith S. Kestenberg

Man Behind Walls by Kazimierz Godorowski

Interviewing for Indemnification by Milton Kestenberg

Impact on the Second and Third Generations by Eva Fogelman

Antisemitism and Jewish Identity in Hungary Between 1989 and 1994 by Judit Meszaros

Children's Responses to Persecution

Child Survivors: A Review by Paul Valent

Nazi Fathers by Judith S. Kestenberg

The Persecution of Polish Children by Judith S. Kestenberg

Yugoslavian Child Survivors by Nikola Volf

German-Jewish Identity by Charlotte Kahn

Kindertransport: A Case Study by Judith S. Kestenberg

Sweden and the Holocaust by Hedi Fried

History of the Australian Child Survivor Groups: Melbourne and Sydney by Paul Valent and Litzi Hart

Trauma: A View from the German Side by Charlotte Kahn

My Contra-Program: A Response to My Father by Gonda Scheffel-Baars

Afterword by Charlotte Kahn

Bibliographical Essay by Charlotte Kahn

Index

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