Holocaust Trauma and Psychic Deformation: Psychoanalytic Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor - Alfred Garwood
Written by a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, this moving and important book examines the massive psychic trauma suﬀered by a generation of Holocaust survivors. It not only provides both an intimate and personal reﬂection on these harrowing events, but also oﬀers an in-depth, clinical perspective on an often-misunderstood phenomenon.
As a child during this period, the book begins by examining the author’s own experience as a refugee in the aftermath of the Holocaust, the psycho- logical impact of displacement after such traumatic events, and his attempt to ﬂee its damage through medical and psychoanalytic training. But the second half of the book broadens the perspective to oﬀer a clinical exploration of the psychic eﬀects of surviving the Holocaust. A range of concepts are addressed and explored, from powerlessness and survivor guilt, to psychic security and recovered memories. The book concludes by examining how psychic trauma is processed, and the clinical implications for when disorders emerge and dysfunction results.
An insightful and honest account of massive psychic trauma, this remarkable book will resonate not only with those aﬀected by or interested in the experiences of Holocaust survivors, but also any clinical practitioner working with clients who have experienced this type of intense trauma.
Published: September 2020
Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.22 x 23.4 cm