CHILD SURVIVORS: STOLEN CHILDHOOD—SCENIC MEMORY OF THE SHOAH IN JEWISH CHILD OR ADOLESCENT SURVIVORS OF NAZI PERSECUTION*

Abstract

Even today, there is inadequate awareness and recognition of Child Survivors whose psychic development was most seriously and lastingly marked and impaired by Nazi persecution. Based on their research the authors describe the delayed psychosocial consequences of the persecution of Child Survivors and postulate a fourth sequence of the traumatic process in old age. The authors discuss their involvement in the Child Survivors Conferences held in Berlin in 2014, and they describe micro-processes in the “scenic memory of the Shoah” related both to trauma transmission itself and to central conflicts in German-Jewish relations in post-Nazi Germany. Case vignettes illustrate the Child Survivors’ scenic memory of the Shoah.

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Grünberg, K., Markert, F. CHILD SURVIVORS: STOLEN CHILDHOOD—SCENIC MEMORY OF THE SHOAH IN JEWISH CHILD OR ADOLESCENT SURVIVORS OF NAZI PERSECUTION*. Am J Psychoanal 77, 105–127 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1057/s11231-017-9086-5

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Keywords

  • Holocaust
  • child survivors
  • persecution
  • delayed psychosocial consequences
  • extreme trauma