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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 ››

“Recovering from Genocidal Trauma” by Myra Giberovitch: A Book Review

An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors by Myra Giberovitch

Judith Hassan OBE Special Advisor Therapeutic Services for Survivors and Refugees of War Trauma (Jewish Care) Myra Giberovitch Myra Giberovitch, an experienced social worker, has devoted 25 years of her life looking into the face of death through the eyes of the Holocaust survivors with … Continue Reading ››

Ripples of Trauma and Resilience: Partner Relationships among Second-Generation Survivors of the Holocaust

By Eli Somer*1 and Moshe Nizri1 Many researchers assume that the continuing influences of the Holocaust on its survivors are long-term, and hypothesize that its stamp is also present in the lives of the second and third generations of Holocaust survivors (e.g., Shmotkin et al., 2011). This assumption notwithstanding, controlled … Continue Reading ››

Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at End-of-Life MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, August 2013

When providing services to Holocaust survivors, it is important that we are particularly mindful of our words and actions, especially because we may be the last generation of caregivers and clinicians who have the honor, as well as the moral obligation, of delivering compassionate health services to survivors. Caring for Holocaust survivors at end of life is rewarding when it leads to a peaceful passage at the end of the natural life span of our patients, an experience denied to those who were murdered during the horrific years of the Nazi regime.