All posts by Kavod

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 ››

A Multidimensional Exploration of the Effects of Identity Ruptures in Israeli and North American Holocaust Survivors

Clinical, Policy, and Programmatic Implications

written by: Yael Danieli Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, NY, USA Fran H. Norris Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, USA

Author Note

This study was supported by grants from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Anti-Defamation League and Richard Rockefeller, M.D. The authors wish … Continue Reading ››

Encounters with Chronic Psychiatric Holocaust Survivors: Trauma, Psychosis and Functionality

By Irit Felsen, Ph.D.

Part I

Abstract

This paper describes encounters with Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who were diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent decades in psychiatric institutions in Israel. The interviews with the patients took place in the context of the Testimony Project (Strous et al., 2005). The focus of this paper is … Continue Reading ››

Witness Theater in New York: Transforming Holocaust Survivors, High School Students and Communities through Therapeutic Theater

by Adeena Horowitz, LMSW Administrative Director, Nazi Victim Services Program, Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. Witness Theater was conceived and initiated by Irit and Ezra Dagan, and developed and expanded by JDC-Eshel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s elderly division in Israel. The essence of this unique program is the creation of a therapeutic environment for Holocaust … Continue Reading ››