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Strength of Holocaust Survivors

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An important problem in trauma research concerns the resources enabling survival after traumatic events and subsequent adaptation. The aim of this study was to describe psychological factors allowing Holocaust survivors to stay alive during the war and to adapt in the postwar period. Participants in the study were 89 Jews who had survived the Holocaust in Poland and Romania. The method used in the study was a qualitative analysis of interviews. The survivors emphasized the role of life optimism, social support, an ability to establish interpersonal contacts, and a sense that there their situation was comprehensible and manageable even under extremely adverse conditions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw,Poland,

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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