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About the Author
Zieva Konvisser s diverse career has evolved from pharmaceutical chemist to automotive executive to earning a post- retirement PhD in human development. As a fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University, her research focuses on the human impact of traumatic events, such as terrorism, genocide, war, and wrongful conviction. She has served on the National Commission on American Jewish Women and the boards of several community, philanthropic, and professional organizations and is currently on the international board of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma and the advisory board of Strength to Strength. Whether in the laboratory, the parts distribution center, the streets of Jerusalem, or the boardroom, she has always been driven by a commitment to make a positive difference in people s lives and the communities in which they live and work.
Table of Contents
Letter from the Publisher xiii
Foreword: The Narrative of Terrorism xv
Preface: Defy Darkness - Spread Light xix
Introduction: The Human Impact of Terrorism xxxiii
Part 1 From Terrorism to Hope and Optimism 1
Chapter 1 Jerusalem of Gold 5
Victim or Survivor? Shoshana (Shoshi) Gottlieb 7
Gail's Story Peggy Kern 15
Quiet Sonia Dibeh 20
OneFamily, Strength to Strength Sarri Singer 24
My Way Shai Ben Tzur 33
Chapter 2 Heb rew University in Jerusalem 38
The Path of Resuming Life Dror Sullaper 39
A Decision to Act, Dedicate, Feel, and Do Ariela 44
Two Suicide Bombings - Two Different Experiences Roza 48
Chapter 3 A Drive for Development 50
A Time to Focus Jacki Glassman 52
BD: Jewish Destiny 56
Friendly Pain Ronit Elchayani 64
You Will Never Be the Same Woman Ronit Tubul 64
Chapter 4 Judea, Samaria, and the Lower Galilee 74
RH: Time to Think and to See 76
Happy Ending Feige Fishman Glasomitsky 80
Half-Full Glass Avraham (Avi) Robinson 86
SY: Living My Dream 94
Chapter 5 Tel Aviv 100
Positive One Isaac Ashkenazy 102
1 Was in a Terrorist Attack Aharon 109
Rebuild and Continue On with Life Joshua Faudem 113
Chapter 6 Haifa 120
Premonition Bat-sheva Schaul 122
Journey to Emotional Healing Ola Korol 127
An Opportunity to Change My Life Gil Carmely 133
Ethiopian Israeli Andalau (Elad) Wassa 138
Two Attacks Sharon Stav 142
My Life, My Memories, My Autobus Ismini (Maria) Soyvadzogloy Molly Shwisha 142
Believers Nabila Mounir Fahima Khouri 150
Part 2 From Grief to Meaning and Healing 157
Chapter 7 Personal Injury and Profound Traumatic Loss 160
Fight to Survive Corinne Hamami 163
Life Is a Puzzle Arnaud Harenstern 169
Tzemicha v 'Pericha (Growing and Blossoming) Iris Yihichya 169
Tehilla - Praise to God Chana Nathansen 181
Religion Saved Us Ora Cohen 181
Chapter 8 In the Service of One's Country 191
Mental and Physical Toughness Ken Sachs 193
The Best Medicine Is to Keep Busy Dina Omer Kit 201
Chapter 9 Three Bereaved Mothers 208
The Blessing of a Broken Heart Sherri Seth Mandell 210
Food for Soldiers Susie Weiss 215
Dancing through Life Cheryl Harmony Mandel 221
Chapter 10 Every Suffering Has a Purpose 228
Survive, Go Forward, Make a Good Life Arnold Roth 229
Druze Family Values Amin Farida Ghoussoun Hassan 236
My Brother Was… Elaine Hoter 243
Chapter 11 Ongoing Losses, Trauma, and Suffering 252
Old Terrorism Paul Bernstein 253
A Celebration of Life Marlyn Bernstein Butchins 253
Conclusion: Making Sense of Their Lives and Moving Forward 261
Appendix A Research Methodology and Findings 269
Appendix B Chronology of Major Events 273
Appendix C Organizations Supporting Terror Survivors and Families 280
Selected Bibliography 299
What People are Saying About This
The words of these survivors help to illuminate the process of posttraumatic growth, so that others may have a better idea of what gifts may be found as they struggle to cope with devastating events.
These brave survivors remind us that in Israel too many parents buried their children, too many victims are still suffering from their injuries, and too much blood was spilled. Zieva Konvisser redeems their names and suffering. Her splendid book is about life winning over death. It shows why Israel will win her centennial war against terrorism.
Zieva Konvisser has written a very important book about resilience and the indomitable power of the human spirit.... The stories are both heartbreaking and inspiring, as they humanize and personalize the devastating toll of terrorism as well as the profound courage of those who find a way to move on with life and to move forward with a purpose. The spirit of Viktor Frankl and his belief in healing through meaning echoes through every page of this remarkable book.
"This book shares compelling stories of hope and healing, as told by ordinary people who suddenly became the innocent victims of indiscriminate terrorist attacks in Israel … from terrorism to hope and optimism and from grief to meaning and healing; they speak not just of moving on with life as usual, but of moving forward with new vitality, purpose and productivity, contributing to society while turning tragedy into action ... The powerful stories in Living Beyond Terrorism are testimony to their inner strength and determinationa victory of the human spiritand inspire each of us as we meet the challenges in our lives."
Again and again in her new book, Dr. Konvisser illustrates the gift of choice, not "Why me?" but instead "Why not me? What do I do now with my freedom to go forward from this moment?" In human profile after profile, the author poignantly shows her readers how some individuals allow their circumstances to shatter them while others are ennobled by their responses and endurance. Dr. Konvisser's gift to you is an intimate challenge to choose hope and healing in your own life.
Viktor Frankl reminds us that "man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips." I join Zieva Konvisser in asking which one is your choice.
Thank you Zieva Konvisser for allowing us to enter the hearts and minds of terror survivors. Thank you for telling the stories of the extraordinary courage of ordinary people.
Zieva Konvisser has ensured that we will not forget the heroism of the terror survivors and the men and women who have guided them on their tough journey. With intelligence and compassion, she has given us valuable insights into these previously uncharted waters.
Terrorism is more than statistics and casualty rates; it is also about the people who survived and the impact on extended families.... So many Israeli lives have been taken by terrorism and so many families shattered. This book tells a different story: the determination and will of Israelis to rebuild and, indeed, to triumph over the terrorists, a victory of the human spirit.
If human resilience in the face of overwhelming trauma has baffled you, this book is the key to unlock the inspiring complexities of the little-understood phenomenon...of posttraumatic growth.... If terrorism aims at breaking the spirit of a civilian population, Dr. Konvisser's unique book, packed with stories of resilience, proves terrorism has failed. The powerful stories of healing and hope in this volume are a reflection of how remarkable the human spirit is. This book is a must-read for anyone facing the darkness of tragedy.
Zieva Konvisser's Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing takes us into the hearts and minds of people who have miraculously survived politically motivated bombings in Israel. On the basis of interviews exploring what resilience means to them years after the events, she illuminates the components of the "ability to thrive" after horrific experiences. Konvisser includes lengthy quotations from these interviews, so readers can tease out useful details. These reveal how the survivors represent both general patterns and unique individual responses. This book is a must-read in our age of terrorism and its aftermaths.
In the compelling narratives she has assembled, Zieva Konvisser opens for us the world of people who have survived terrorist attacks. Through her insightful presentation, their suffering and resilience are given voice, and we readers learn how such trauma can be managed and meanings created. This well-written and deeply empathic book puts a human face on what terrorism can mean to ordinary citizens and their lives.