Healing does not always mean curing. Healing a wounded soul and helping guide it through the challenges of terminal illness is a significant expression of caring. It is the implementation of Jewish values in the lives of real people at a time when they are most vulnerable. This is Jewish Hospice.
After viewing a film about how the faith of Holocaust survivors kept them strong during the Shoah, I noticed very little spotlight shone on those survivors whose faith, in contrast, was shattered or conflicted.
Viewing Son of Saul provided my mother and I with a unique, personalized confrontation with intimate moment-to-moment exposure to traumatic scenes on the screen, allowing us to witness the actors’ facial expressions, prosody and body gestures.
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 ››
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 ››
Snoezelen is a form of multi-sensory stimulation (MSS) that is used both to calm down Patients with Dementia (PwD) who are agitated, as well as to stimulate those that are disengaged from their surroundings
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 ››
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 ››
Clinical, Policy, and Programmatic Implications
Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, NY, USA
Fran H. Norris
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, USA
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 ››
by Chavie Brumer, LCSW-R
“But my mother won’t go and I don’t know what else to do,” says the caregiver in the back row, clearly at her wit’s end. She is referring to the fact that her mother, a Holocaust survivor, refuses to see the doctor or the social worker despite the fact that her … Continue Reading ››