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Caring for Holocaust Survivors: Rethinking the Paradigm

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Publication Date: March 2003

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Allen Glicksman; Kimberly Van Haitsma; Michelle H. Mamberg; Michelle Gagnon

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 79-2/3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Psychology)

Keywords: Trauma; Elderly; Mental Health; Social Services

Type: Report


Much of the literature on Holocaust survivors is based on the faulty assumption that they constitute a homogeneous group. One can only understand the effect of the Holocaust on their mental health status in old age by appreciating the diversity of this group. Their status is determined by such factors as when they emigrated from Eastern Europe, their age at the time the Holocaust began, and the number of children they have.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.79 no.2-3, Winter-Spring 2002-2003.