Topic: trauma

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 ››

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 ››

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.


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 ››