Survival and Trials of Revival: Psychodynamic Studies of Holocaust Survivors and Their Families in Israel and the Diaspora

Survival and Trials of Revival: Psychodynamic Studies of Holocaust Survivors and Their Families in Israel and the Diaspora

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Hillel Klein

Series: Psychoanalysis and Jewish Life
ISBN: 9781936235896 (hardcover)
Pages: 276 pp.
Publication Date: June 2012

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This book offers psychodynamic studies of Holocaust survivors and their families in Israel and the Diaspora. It is a moving account of the desperate struggles of these survivors to overcome their horrendous experiences in the ghettos and concentration camps and their subsequent attempts to revive their lives after the war. Klein was himself such a survivor; as a psychoanalyst, he later interviewed survivors in Israel and the United States and evaluated the consequences of the Holocaust and its aftermath from a psychoanalytic point of view. These interviews, together with his own memories, provide the book with a special depth.


Hillel Klein  was born in Krakow on 20 March 1923. He was 16 years old when the Germans marched into Poland. After a few months he joined the resistance and went underground. In 1942 he was captured by the Germans and locked up. He survived the horrors of several camps and ended up in Theresienstadt, where he was liberated by the Red Army at the age of 22. He subsequently studied medicine and became a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, practicing in Jerusalem. He died at the end of 1985.


It is with much satisfaction that we publish Hillel Klein’s Survival and Trials of Revival: Psychodynamic Studies of Holocaust Survivors and Their Families in Israel and the Diaspora as the first book of our new series. Hillel Klein, himself a Holocaust survivor, was a pioneer psychoanalyst investigator of Holocaust survivors and their families. His reconceptualization of the experience of guilt as a positive rather than a pathological emotion was a vitally important contribution that has implications far beyond the role of “survivor guilt. “ Klein’s own life and work, and his legacy as expressed in this book, ably edited by Alex Holder, serve as a model for the rich intersection of psychoanalysis and Jewish life.
— Lewis Aron, New York University, "Psychoanalysis and Jewish Life" Series Editor

Table of Contents


Preface by Yehuda Bauer
Introduction by Carl Nedelmann


Prologue
1. The Survivor’s Search for Meaning
Part I: Oppression and Survival
2. On the Eve of the Apocalypse
3. Life and Death in the Ghetto
4. Life in Hiding and False Identity
5. The Disintegration of the Ghetto and the World of the Concentration Camp
Part II: Society and the Survivor
6. The Survivor in the Immediate Aftermath of the Holocaust (1945–1948)
7. Encounter: The Survivor versus Society
8. The Impact of the Psychosocial Environment: The Holocaust and the Yom Kippur War
Part III: Survivors and Their Families
9. Psychological Issues in Families of Survivors in Israel
10. Families of Holocaust Survivors in Israeli Cities and Kibbutzim
Part IV: The Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Survivors and Their Families
11. Delayed Affects and Aftereffects of Severe Traumatization
12. Problems of Countertransference in the Psychotherapy of Holocaust Survivors and Their Children
13. Mourning and Survivor Guilt
14. The Dilemma of the Survivor in Psychoanalytic Treatment
Epilogue

Afterword by Alex Holder
Literature
Publications by Hillel Klein
Secondary Literature
Index of Names
Subject Index