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Music Therapy

Music Therapy To Sever the Silence of a Childhood Holocaust Survivor

By Amy Clements-Cortes Ph.D, MusM, MTA  

Introducing Manya

Manya was a 72-year-old female widow, with one son, Peter, married to Belinda. Manya was a childhood survivor of the Holocaust who was hidden during the war and separated from her mother for several years. … Continue Reading ››

Soviet Jewish Child Survivors

Identity and Resilience After Long Silence

By Svetlana Shklarov MD, Ph.D, RSW

Russian Jews have learned to overcome their fear, know how to make their silence heard as a means of action; theirs is a courage of defiance. … Desperate, you? Your capacity for hope does not date from today. Feeble, you? … Continue Reading ››

Holocaust Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Aging Child Holocaust Survivors of Sexual Abuse

By Carla Lessing LCSW Presented at the Selfhelp Conference in New York on March 29, 2011. The goal of this presentation is that we, the mental health professionals and caretakers of the now elderly victims, will be alert to the possibility that the aging former hidden children, men, … Continue Reading ››

Social Work with Holocaust Survivors in Isolated Communities

Practical Experience from the Jewish Community of Zagreb
by Ana Hermanovic, MSW

This article presents strategic and programmatic approaches to serving a diverse survivor community where the common thread is the past experience of personal trauma under the Ustasha and Nazi regime in wartime Croatia. The author emphasizes the fact that assistance is critical for a vulnerable population of “aging citizens in a country where age is identified as one of the highest risk factors in leading to social exclusion and poverty.”

Small Things in the Morning that Bring Joy

by Shmuel Reis MD, MHPE

As a physician on a house call, Dr. Reis took a moment to listen to the recollections of a patient of who was a survivor. Drawn to her story, he set up regular meetings to learn more. Their visits together inspired the survivor to document her memories and share details of her life never before revealed. The therapeutic nature of their shared activity led her son to report, “These last ten years have been her best.”