Topic: social services

“Food & Love” – On the Role of the “Coordinator of Services for Holocaust survivors” at the Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Israel

by Naomi Shacham, MSW

"And I was hungry For food And for love I was hungry To feel what it is like to belong to someone I was hungry" (Wilhelmina, 2004)

The poem above, written by an aging Holocaust Survivor, reflects the multi-faceted nature of the role of coordinator of services for hospitalized Holocaust survivors at the Loewenstein … Continue Reading ››

Trauma in a Residential Setting

Goodnight, Irene… Welcome Home! Transforming Relational Trauma in a Residential Setting

  By George Halasz, Magalí Kaplan, Rod Myer

“And so I learnt that the poet is a pulse in the rhythmic flow of generations.” – Octavio Paz, In Search of the Present (1990 Nobel Lecture, p. 22, San Diego Harvest)

Introduction

It is often said by … Continue Reading ››

Conference Presentation: End of Life

End-of-Life Issues for Holocaust Survivors

A presentation given in October 2008 at an international conference in Frankfurt for professionals working with Holocaust survivors. By Judith Hassan, OBE Those who attended the conference in Vienna in 2007 know how strongly I feel about helping survivors to maximise the time they have left in their lives … Continue Reading ››

Wartime Experiences and Late Life Coping

In Their Own Words: Survivor Wartime and Late Life Coping Styles

By Nancy Isserman, Bea Hollander-Goldfein and S. Nechama Horwitz The coping literature is quite extensive with hundreds of published articles examining coping strategies. More specifically, the field of Holocaust studies has also examined coping. Most studies have … Continue Reading ››

Conference Presentation: Survivor Resilience

The Resiliency of the Survivor: Views of a Child Holocaust Survivor/Psychiatrist

A presentation given at the Pike Conference on “The Holocaust and Its Legacy: Resiliency, Fragility and Restitution of Survivors,” Sunday October 23, 2011 at Hillel House, Boston University. By Dr. Robert Krell May 5, 1945 is indelibly etched into my … Continue Reading ››

Healing Water: Guided Imagery and Music Therapy

Assessing Trauma, Abuse and Loss via Guided Imagery and Music

by Amy Clements-Cortés, Ph.D., MusM, MTA, Mt-BC, FAMI

Abstract

Holocaust survivors often face many psychological and emotional issues such as fear, and intrusive thoughts and images as a result of the traumatic experiences they endured. Guided Imagery and Music is … Continue Reading ››

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 ››