Holocaust Survivors and Immigrants: Late Life Adaptations by Boaz Kahana

By Boaz Kahana

In accordance with a distinct study research, this quantity examines the later existence improvement of Holocaust survivors from Israel and the USA. via systematic interviews, the authors – famous researchers and clinicians – gathered facts in regards to the lives of those survivors and the way they in comparison to friends who didn't proportion this adventure. The orientation of the e-book synthesizes a number of conceptual ways – gerontological and existence span improvement, tension learn, and traumatology, and likewise displays the various disciplines of the authors, spanning psychology, social paintings, and sociology. the result's a multi-faceted view in their topic with an knowing of the person, society, and the interplay of the 2, tempered through the authors’ personal Holocaust studies. Chapters conceal a number parts together with rigidity and coping of those survivors, experiences in their heath and psychological health and wellbeing, an exam in their social integration, in addition to a overview of the a number of predictors of mental health and wellbeing and variation to getting older. This ebook may be of curiosity to psychologists, social employees, sociologists, psychiatrists, and all those that learn either trauma and getting older.

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Under a tree or wherever we found a place. " "There were about 245-250 people hiding and I am the only one left alive. I ran frorn forest to forest, the underground Poles killed most of the Jews in the fol-est,the Germans were afraid to go in deep. Ijust kept running. We had made bunkers. There was a Polish police officer that was fi-iends with my brother-in-law. He made a hiding place for us under a barn. He made a hole that could be closed. But the other Poles were after him whel-e he kept the Jews.

People told us what was going on in Poland but nobody did anything and nobody thought it would happen to them. " By 1943, the Czech Jews were no better off than the Polish Jews. They were being interned in ghettos before being deported to the extermination sites, which were now accepting all European Jews. Like the ghettos in Poland, these ghettos were crowded, unhygienic and had little food. One survivor remembers that the ghetto he was in had no food, no clothing, no SURVIVORS SHARE THEIR WARTIME EXPERIENCES 29 place to take a bath or wash up, and was very crowded.

Adopting their religion, going to church everyday, and for a while, even believing in their God, that He can do more than my God did. I came once home frorn work in Mjrsaw. TTVO policemen were standing by the gate of the apartment and asked for my identification card. They took me away to the police station in ajeep. There they told me that they suspected I was Jewish and I should tell them if this was the trnth. I was hit a couple of times on my back with a belt and I screamed real loud that I was not Jewish.

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