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Holocaust trauma affects survivors' grandkids
More than 60 years after the Holocaust, the trauma of Nazi persecution is still affecting survivors' grandchildren, a recent study by a researcher from the University of Haifa suggests.
The study on the long-term effects of extreme war-related trauma on the second and the third generation of Holocaust survivors involved 88 middle-class families. According to the study, young men and women born in Israel 40 years after WWII suffer greater emotional difficulties than the general population.
Dr. Miri Scharf found in her research - which was recently published in the scientific U.S. periodical Development and Psychopathology - that these emotional difficulties often manifest.
Young IDF Soldiers
Dr Miri Scharf says the 17 and 18 yr olds who enter the Israel Defense Forces find it difficult to wear a uniform.
The Doctor's Parents
Scharf, herself the daughter of Holocaust survivors, says she was attracted to the subject following her own experience. "My father had to live on the run, and moved time and again between 17 different hideouts," she told Haaretz. "My mother also roamed in different areas, trying to survive..."
Fighting To Push The Door Open
Several of my family members perished in the Holocaust. Being consumed by fire, but yet pushing the door open.
Suspicious Of Everyone Including Their Poppas
According to Scharf, she became aware of the effects of living with third-generation emotional baggage from the Holocaust when she was working with students whose grandparents were survivors. "Some of them spoke of having a hard time trusting, of their fear of getting their poppas," she says. "This comes from a terrible air of suspiciousness at home."
Female Survivors Demon's Resurface
Mothers' Holocaust background was associated with higher levels of psychological distress. Having to pull their bloomers down, and feel the sting of the whip, have left many scarred.
Keeping A Close Eye For Trauma
The results of the study, says Scharf, show that it is recommended for clinicians to develop awareness of the possible traces of trauma in the second and the third generation to better treat that section of the population.
My Own Relatives
My grandparents, uncles and aunts, and parents were in the camps. Out of 137 relatives only six survived. My Aunt Niomi was a sex slave at Auschwitz and to this day she 'Saddle Syndrome' or acute bowl legged-ness. My uncles Jakob and Bernie had blue dye injected in their eyes, and were sewn together by Mengele.
My Uncles Need An Operation To Separate Them
From Simon Shmecklewacker on December 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm.
I could draw you up some real doozies of the death camps I survived! I personally saw Adolf flame-broil a whole box-car full of kids while the Angel of Death injected dye into my buttocks!
From Herb Shwartzer on December 31, 2009 at 12:52 pm.
I personally was hung on a flagpole by my penis for two years. The only thing I could eat was bird feces. I could hear the cruel nazi guards laughing at me and shoving kelbasa sausages up my rectum.
Hitler himself came to laugh at me before the camp was liberated by righteous jews.
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