Tin Soldiers on Jerusalem Beach

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New Group, Old War

Introduction

These last two sections of "The Unfinished Business of War in Israel" cover cases which deal with effects and manifestations of the war from one to three years after the actual fighting had ceased. Throughout this period, it was evident that war, for us, was very much on our minds.

A new psychology students' group started in November 1974 and was scheduled to continue until July 1975. It was thus formed one full year after the October War. The country, in general, continued to feel the impact of war; and the political attempts to achieve some peaceful arrangement in the area underlined this awareness.

Yet, when I selected my students for the new group, I had the impression that the majority of the members were bothered with problems of identity and growing up, and not with war, death, or bereavement. In other words, I expected a group like the ones before the war.

The noticeable exception was Tamar, who was a war widow. Actually, her husband had died only eight months before. He had been an officer on a patrol in the mountains of the Sinai Desert, and during the night he had fallen off a cliff and died. I hesitated to accept Tamar into the group and talked openly about it with her. I explained that I was convinced that she needed more personal attention than a group could offer to any one of its members. I knew she would stand out in the group due to her situation, and I wondered how this would affect both her and the group. On the other hand, I have never believed

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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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