Children Surviving Persecution: An International Study of Trauma and Healing

Children Surviving Persecution: An International Study of Trauma and Healing

Children Surviving Persecution: An International Study of Trauma and Healing

Children Surviving Persecution: An International Study of Trauma and Healing

Synopsis

Demonstrates various social and therapeutic supports that enable child survivors to succeed in life, despite the emotional damage they sustained during Holocaust and the Nazi program of genocide.

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Das Weltende
Es ist ein Weinen in der Welt
Als ob der liebe Gott gestorben wär
Und der bleierne Schatten, der nieder fällt,
Lastet grabensschwer.

The End of the World
There is a crying in the world
As if the good God were dead,
And the descending, leaden shadow
Like a tomb, oppressing.

—Else Lasker-Schüler

In this century, few families have escaped the effects of social trauma: Most contain at least one member affected by war or revolution, forced or voluntary relocation, discrimination and ostracism, political harassment, and even torture. The forms and intensity of these experiences have varied, but all have had profound effects on individuals and families, even the milder versions of persistent racism and xenophobia throughout the world, as well as the “red-baiting” of political dissidents in the United States in the 1950s. In an era of continuing eruptions of national, racial, and ethnic violence across the globe, an international perspective, afforded by contributors from nine countries, may add to the understanding of long-term effects of trauma on psychological development.

The prototypical experience of social trauma is the organized persecution of the Holocaust. A study of the aftermath of those shattering events may provide some understanding of how to help surviving victims of other organized persecution, civil violence, and strife. Some contributors to this vol-

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