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A Global Perspective on Working with Holocaust Survivors and the Second Generation

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As the population of Holocaust survivors ages, their needs are becoming more complex and more acute; more attention is also being drawn to the need to understand the impact of the Holocaust on the children of survivors and provide support to this group.

This volume presents the proceedings of the Preconference Institute on Working with Holocaust Survivors and the Second Generation, held July 3-4, 1994, in Jerusalem. The interest generated by the conference and the high level of participation attested to  the importance and timeliness of the issues raised…


JDC-Brookdale Institute           AMCHA                       JDC-lsrael
of Gerontology and
Human Development

A Global Perspective on Working with Holocaust Survivors and the Second Generation
Editor: John Lemberger
In cooperation with the World Council of Jewish Communal Service
Jerusalem      July 1995


Table of Contents

Preface – Jack Habib – iii
Foreword – John Lemberger- v
Acknowledgments

I. Services and Service Needs – 1

  • AMCHA: The National Israeli Center for
    Psychosocial Support of Holocaust Survivors
    and the Second Generation: Raisons d’Etre
    Haim Dasberg, Israel
  • The Need for Long-term Care Services Among
    Elderly Holocaust Survivors Living in Israel
    Haim Factor, Israel – 13
  • The Emotional and Physiological Issues of
    Aging in North American Holocaust Survivors
    Florabel Kinsler, US – 25
  • Community-based Services for Elderly
    Holocaust Survivors
    Elihu Kover, US – 51
  • Group Services for Holocaust Survivors
    and their Families
    Florabel Kinsler, US – 59
  • Cafe 84: Social Daycare Center for Survivors
    and their Children
    Hedi Fried, Sweden – 81
  • A Model of Integrated Psychosocial Support
    of the Jews in the Netherlands
    H. G. Vuysje, Netherlands – 93
  • Israel’s Aging Holocaust Survivors
    John Lemberger, Israel – 103
  • AMCHA’s Documentation Services
    Yoram Amit, Israel – 111
  • Helping Witnesses Tell their Story
    Nathan Beyrak, Israel – 121
  • Agenda for the Future

II. Psychological Characteristics and Therapeutic Techniques

  • Survivor Guilt in Holocaust Survivors 
    and their Children
    Aaron Hass, US – 163
  • Individual Counseling Techniques
    with Holocaust Survivors
    Judith Hassan, England – 185
  • Psychosocial Effects of the Holocaust on
    Survivors and the Second Generation in Poland:
    Preliminary Report – 205
  • Maria Orwid, Ewa Domagalska-Kurdziel, 
    Kazimierz Petruszcwski et al., Poland
  • The Sinai-Center: European Center for
    Jewish Mental Services and Psychotrauma Treatment
    A.J. de Jong, Netherlands – 243
  • Helping Elderly Survivors Cope with Aging
    Judith Hassan, England – 249
  • Meaningful Aging: Establishing a Club for
    Survivors of the Holocaust in Hungary
    David Guttmann, Israel – 259
  • Social Work Practice with Aging Survivors
    Myra Giberovitch, Canada – 277
  • Child Survivors: A Child Survives… and Then What?
    Natan Durst, Israel – 289
  • Personal Therapy Group-Berlin: Experiences with a
    Closed Group of Jewish, German Psychotherapists
    A.J. de Jong, Netherlands – 305

III. Second Generation – 319

  • The Influence of Traumatic Memory in the Second Generation:
    Myth or Reality?
    Vera Muller-Paisner, US
  • Familial and Collective Identity in Holocaust Survivors
    and the Second Generation
    Dina Wardi, Israel – 331
  • Children of Holocaust Survivors: Separation Obstacles
    Attachments and Anxiety
    Felice Zilberfein, US – 341
  • The Impact of Parental Communication of Holocaust-related
    Trauma on Children of Holocaust Survivors
    Vivian Eskin, US – 377
  • An Alternative Model of Group Work with Second Generation
    Holocaust Survivors
    Johanna Gottesfeld, EIisheva van der Hal and Yvonne Tauber,
    Israel – 391
  • Group Therapy with the Second Generation of Holocaust
    Survivors
    Rhona Strauss, Israel – 401
  • Short-term Therapy for Second Generation Holocaust
    Survivors at AMCHA/Ramat Gan
    Micha Weiss and Shlomit Schindler, Israel – 413
  • The Effects of the Holocaust on the Children of
    Former Prisoners and Survivors
    Perel Wilgowicz, France – 423
  • Appendix 1:Abstracts of Articles – 429
  • Appendix 2:List of Presenters – 453
  • Appendix 3:Preconference Program – 455
  • Appendix 4: Preconference Committee – 459