There are no words: Two Greek-Jewish survivors of Auschwitz

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Abstract

Interviews with two Greek-Jewish survivors of Auschwitz who underwent enforced genital mutilation (unilateral orchiectomy) as part of immoral Nazi experimentation are presented and compared. Their contrasting reactions to the traumatic situation highlight the complex tasks of the survivor, especially the emotional difficulty of constructing a story out of the subjective experience of the Holocaust. Survivors' reactions, it is proposed, are affected by the relative identification/disidentification with their holocaust self. Certain traumatic events, nevertheless, may remain incapable of being narrated and clinical implications of this 'enforced silence' are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-216
Number of pages16
JournalPsychoanalytic Psychology
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986

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