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Trauma and Ageing:Impact of Aging on Survivors of the Nazi Holocaust.

Dr. George Foster

Survivors of the Nazi Holocaust suffered severe and extensive trauma both psychologically and physically as a result of their almost indescribable experiences in the Nazi system. This included incarceration in concentration camps, death camps, in ghettos, in hiding and in various forced labour situations during which they were constantly in fear of their lives. Dr Foster will describe some of the special symptomatology as described by holocaust survivors and some treatment options. A special category of survivors, child survivors, suffered particular problems both as a result of having been passed on to non-Jewish neighbours and thus abandoned by their parents so they would not be murdered, and in many cases never seeing their family again. The psychological problems they have experienced will be briefly described in this presentation.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).
26 June 2011, New South Wales, Australia.
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Dr. George Foster

Dr George Foster is a Psychiatrist with extensive experience in both public and private practice. He has a Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery and a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychological Medicine. In 1986 he obtained a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Fellowship. From 1985 until his retirement in 2009 he worked as a consultant Psychiatrist in private practice in the southern suburbs of Sydney with an interest in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr Foster is currently studying a Master of Arts in Holocaust and his thesis topic is to develop a perpetrator profile which will give some indication of the individual and group factors which lead to genocidal mass murder.

Dr Foster has been involved in community activities and organisations for over thirty five years. These include having been the president of the Southern Sydney Synagogue, vice president of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, chair of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee, president of the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants, and being on the board of the Sydney Jewish Museum. Dr Foster has a profound understanding of the psychological difficulties faced by Holocaust survivors and their children, including problems they and their families experience as they age.

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