Topic: trauma

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 DO NOT TOUCH THE FRUIT. You give the purple plums a … 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 ››

Dehumanization in the Treatment of Elderly Holocaust Survivors and Other Elderly Persons with Histories of Prior Traumatization

By Irit Felsen, Ph.D. Abstract- This paper suggests that elderly trauma survivors are at elevated risk for re-traumatization in medical and long-term care settings. Findings from recent research in neuro-affective social cognitions are integrated with data about disparities in medical healthcare and with seminal insights from social psychology. The discussion of these various findings and their implications … Continue Reading ››

A Multidimensional Exploration of the Effects of Identity Ruptures in Israeli and North American Holocaust Survivors

Clinical, Policy, and Programmatic Implications

written by: Yael Danieli Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, NY, USA Fran H. Norris Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, USA

Author Note

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 ››

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 ››