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