Edited by Sharon Kangisser Cohen and Dalia Ofer
The physical and emotional condition of Jewish child survivors in the postwar period was mostly appalling. Many of the children had suffered recurring trauma throughout the war, as they had witnessed or experienced violence, severe deprivation, hunger, physical abuse, and, moreover, had mourned the loss of parents, other family members, and friends. After the war, these young children faced the grueling task of confronting their losses while attempting to rehabilitate their lives and souls. However, children also demonstrated remarkable resilience and ingenuity in navigating their new reality. In this volume, a range of scholars examine the process of rehabilitation of child survivors of the Holocaust in the early postwar period in various European countries and in North America. Starting Anew: The Rehabilitation of Child Survivors of the Holocaust in the Early Postwar Years offers important lessons for caregivers striving to restore hope and instill resilience in today’s innocent victims of war and violence. Click here to purchase the book on Yad Vashem’s online store.