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Child survivors of the Holocaust
Valent, Paul.
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Publication Information:
New York : Brunner-Routledge, 2002.

Physical Description:
xiii, 288 pages : portraits ; 23 cm
General Note:
"First published in 1993 by William Heinemann Australia"--T.p. verso.
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D804.48 .V35 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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At the end of the Second World War approximately 1.5 million Jewish children had been killed by the Nazis. In this book, ten child survivors tell their stories. Paul Valent, himself a child survivor and psychiatrist, explores with profound analytical insight the deepest memories of those survivors he interviewed. Their experiences range from living in hiding to physical and sexual abuse. Child Survivors of the Holocaust preserves and integrates the personal narratives and the therapist's perspective in an amazing chronicle. The stories in this book contribute to questions concerning the roots of morality, memory, resilience, and specifc scientific queries of the origins of psychosomatic symptoms, psychiatric illness, and trans-generational transmission of trauma. Child Survivors of the Holocaust speaks to the trauma facing contemporary child victims of abuse worldwide through past narratives of the Holocaust.

Author Notes

Born in Bratislava (now Slovakia) in 1938, Paul Valent survived the Holocaust mainly hidden in Hungary. In 1949, he and his family emigrated to Australia where he later studied medicine and psychiatry. Today, he is a respected psychiatrist and one of the founding traumatologists in Australia. Dr. Valent has treated Holocaust survivors - adults, children, and many second generation survivors, as well as survivors from many other traumas. In 1990, he founded the Child Survivors of the Holocaust griup in Melbourne.