Tin Soldiers on Jerusalem Beach

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Early Effects of the War

Introduction

We have claimed that war is always with us, that war nightmares and fantasies do not obey the time-and-space rules of the real world of political events. Yet, when I follow the record of my work from 1970 onward, transcripts of sessions that deal with the experiences of war and their immediate outcomes, these records seem to be drastically divided by a time line -- before and after the sudden alarm sounded on the quiet noon of Saturday, Yom Kippur 1973. Before, war and its effects occupied the minds of a few people, mostly as a symbol of their own inner struggle; after, war became one of the dominant themes in the groups -- war as expressed in the threat of injury, death, and mourning.

The remaining sections of this part of the book will be presented chronologically, thus underlining the profound effects of time and external events on the issues preoccupying the members of the groups.

This section begins in the spring of 1972. The year has been a relatively calm one. We all live in the atmosphere of victory and security gained by the Six-Day War. There is no mention of war in the groups. People come and go; some miss sessions due to reserve duty, but this is regarded as part of the normal rhythm of our life. In this atmosphere, Natan describes the stretching time, the blank state of mind of being continuously half-asleep while on a long period of reserve duty in the desert. He vividly presents the group with the antithesis of the alert soldier. Michal reacts, saying: "To think of you as you just

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Part 1 - VVhen Cannons Are Stilled, Let Voices Be Heard 1
  • Six Wars 3
  • On War and Sanity 7
  • Overview of Gestalt Therapy 11
  • The Groups 18
  • Reactions 21
  • Tin Soldiers on Jerusalem Beach 24
  • Part 2 - The Unfinished Business of War in Israel 25
  • War as a Symbol 27
  • On Freedom and Country 46
  • Reminders of the Holocaust 75
  • War and the Family 95
  • Early Effects of the War 116
  • The Wheelchair Group of 1974__ 143
  • New Group, Old War 160
  • The Shadow of War 193
  • Part 3 - Peacetime Conversations About War 205
  • The Women 261
  • About the Book 289
  • Recommended Readings 305
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