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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