Love Despite Hate: Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Their Adult Lives

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Many people today believe that childhood trauma is the cause of anti-social behavior in adults. Thus the actions of John Hinckley Jr., Jack Henry Abbott, and others are explained. If this is valid, what can be expected from the children who survived the concentration camps of World War II? At the end of the war, the British government allowed 1000 child survivors to enter England. With the advice and counsel of Anna Freud, the German refugee Alice Goldberger established and ran a home for some of these children in Lingfield, Surrey. At the close of the war they ranged in age from three to eleven. What has become of them since? Sarah Moskovitz has interviewed 24 of these survivors, most of them citizens of the United States or Israel. Her interviews reveal that they still suffer continuing burdens of loss and feelings of being outsiders. They also reveal that not one of these survivors has given up. There have been no suicides, only one of this group which came of age in the 60's has been involved with drugs and only one lives in a psychiatric hospital. There lives are marked by communal involvement - ethical and spiritual - and by an active compassion for others. Despite the devastating childhood experiences these people survived, their lives show that emotional disability does not necessarily follow early trauma. The Lingfield children speak to us of the indestructibility of our yearning for love, of the tenacity of hope and above all of human resilience and resourcefulness.

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