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Holocaust Survivors As Participant Educators: Giving Space To Lived Experience Of Social Trauma in Collective Memory

By Irit Felsen, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Edelstein

This paper describes the Educators program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. This program reflects the unique emphasis of the Museum on the lived experience of eyewitnesses to the events of the Holocaust … Continue Reading ››

L’dor Vador: Holocaust Survivor Story Sharing Project

By Sara Zenlea, LCSW

This article focuses on the interactions and feelings experienced between elementary level students and Holocaust survivors in school settings.


            Adults who experience close intergenerational interaction are less prone to depression and have better physical health, as they feel more active … Continue Reading ››

Collection of Poetry from Betyna Bock

By Betyna Bock

Nora at the Fruit Shop

In Theresienstadt
you worked in the vegetable garden
and stole fruit and vegetables.
You defied death
by disregarding the rules
and hiding them in your lumber jacket
while the Czech police weren’t looking.

Now sixty years later
in your smart red blazer
and pleated floral skirt
you breeze past the sign
You give the purple plums
a … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

Teaching About Trauma: Models for Training Service Providers in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care

By Michael Andrew Eisinger, M.A., and Barbara Joyce Bedney, Ph.D., M.S.W.

The Jewish Federations of North America Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care

December 29, 2017

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2014), “individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an … 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 ››

Music and Memory: Rekindling Joy Through Music

By Emily Kaplan

Through the musical offerings at our monthly Café Europa social luncheon events, our Holocaust Survivor Support team quickly realized that music holds a special place in survivors’ hearts. Looking around the room when a performer plays Broadway tunes or sings Jewish music in Hebrew or Yiddish, it is easy to see the … Continue Reading ››