Holocaust Trauma and Psychic Deformation: Psychoanalytic Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor

Author(s) : Alfred Garwood

Holocaust Trauma and Psychic Deformation: Psychoanalytic Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 202
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 95219
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780491882
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780491

Reviews and Endorsements

"This carefully crafted selection of prize winning theoretical and clinical studies of the personal and interpersonal consequences of the complex trauma of Shoah survivors is not only deeply moving but also thoughtful and instructive. The long journey from Belsen to accreditation as a physician and as a Group Analyst is an inspiring demonstration of how some people make creative use of their experience of powerlessness, loneliness, and envy. Our groups and societies can become our psychic guardians, provided that we care for them as much as we need them to care for us." - Earl Hopper, PhD, Psychoanalyst and Group Analyst.

"A searingly honest and incredibly incisive look at the long-term effects of deep trauma on child survivors of the Holocaust. Garwood, in an attempt to bring greater meaning and insight to the horrible intricacies that survivors suffer all through their lives, propels himself back to the very thing the mind is primed to forget. To do this he also has to endure the most complex type of pain, so that the wider psycho-therapeutic community can finally fathom what it takes to withstand the impossible. This is emotional and mental reconnaissance on a different scale, not only reminding us of the true meaning of abject horror, but also of the fragility of the human heart set against staggering strength of spirit." - June Caldwell, Author of Room Little Darker.

"Conceived and born in a Polish Ghetto under life threatening conditions, he was nursed by his utterly determined mother and protected by his extraordinarily resourceful father. Alfred Garwood offers us a riveting and extremely written account of the odyssey of his life. From Ghetto to Bergen-Belsen, back to Poland, and ultimately to England where he became a prominent physician, analytic group therapist and leader in the Holocaust community, his story reads like a novel. But it is true. Dr. Garwood presents an unusually honest, humble, unvarnished, and deeply insightful autobiography, establishing the foundation of his unique knowledge which prepares us for his original formulations about the nature of massive trauma. Alfred Garwood's stated goal for the book was " to attempt to make Holocaust trauma accessible". He meets this nearly impossible goal and goes way beyond. This contribution will be a classic and is a must read." - Ira Brenner, MD, Clinical professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Editor, The Handbook of Psychoanalytic Holocaust Studies- International Perspectives.

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