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Art Therapy With Holocaust Survivors: A Case Study

By Tatiana Kastner, MSW, RSW “Art is a powerful tool of communication,” as C.A. Malchiodi says in her Handbook of Art Therapy (2003, p. 3). Its therapeutic benefits for the person's emotional well being have been reported for diverse populations (Canadian Art Therapy Association, 2017). The multi-faceted approach of Expressive Therapies can be very appropriate … Continue Reading ››

Compassionate Responses

By Renée Symonds Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home (Board Member) Co-ordinator Holocaust Awareness Program The Sydney Jewish Museum (Consultant Psychologist) How does one transmit the history of the Holocaust, of the traumatic life-long effects of the Holocaust on its survivors and its child survivors and also teach of the trans-generational transmission of that trauma on the descendants of the Holocaust? In fact, how … Continue Reading ››

Psychological Dynamics in Aging Survivors of the Holocaust

Author: Dr. Eva Fogelman, Ph.D, Child Development Research The psychological dynamics of aging survivors of the Holocaust are worthy of inquiry because, indeed, their old age is marred by a massive traumatic historical catastrophe. For some Holocaust survivors, their lives were disrupted not only by barbaric persecution during the German occupation of European countries, but … Continue Reading ››

A Measure of Faith:  Child Holocaust Survivors and their Spiritual Dilemma

By Robert Krell M.D.    July 27, 2016 I am a child Holocaust survivor and must, therefore, begin with my own origins, including my struggle to develop what can only be described as a rudimentary connection to Judaism. Having been born in 1940 in German-occupied Holland, and already in hiding by mid-1942,   I entered the … Continue Reading ››

How A Holocaust Survivor Incorporates Spirituality Into Her Life: A Case Study

By Lois Griff Lillian was born in a small town in Germany on August 8, 1923.  She describes her youth as wealthy and privileged.  She had a nanny who accompanied her and her sister to Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday night) services.  Her parents did not go to the synagogue with them.  She remembers the services very fondly, … Continue Reading ››

Witness Theater at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield, Michigan

By Charles Silow, PhD On April 8, 2013 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield, Michigan, a group of six Holocaust survivors and five high schools students performed in a Witness Theater project in front of an audience of 400. Under the direction of Corrine Stavish, professor of Speech and Literature … Continue Reading ››