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The Vanished Communal Heritage of Holocaust Survivors: Its Impact on Survivors and their Children

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Publication Date: June 1999

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

Author(s): Carla Lessing

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

Keywords: Trauma; Social Services; Elderly

Coverage: United States


Holocaust survivors lost not just their families but they also lost their religious, social, and family traditions; their communities; and a rich cultural heritage. They suffered a complete break with their pre-Holocaust lives and thus lost the basic sense of security, belonging, and identity their communities had provided. Ancillary therapeutic modalities have demonstrated to be therapeutic and restorative.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.75 no.4, Summer 1999.


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