The Handbook of Psychoanalytic Holocaust Studies: International Perspectives

Editor : Ira Brenner

The Handbook of Psychoanalytic Holocaust Studies: International Perspectives

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : August 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 246
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 94823
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367263713
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367263
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This book is a unique compilation of essays about the genocidal persecution fuelling the Nazi regime in World War II. Written by world-renowned experts in the field, it confronts a vitally important and exceedingly difficult topic with sensitivity, courage, and wisdom, furthering our understanding of the Holocaust/Shoah psychoanalytically, historically, and through the arts.

Authors from four continents offer their perspectives, clinical experiences, findings, and personal narratives on such subjects as resilience, remembrance, giving testimony, aging, and mourning. There is an emphasis on the intergenerational transmission of trauma of both the victims and the perpetrators, with chapters looking at the question of "evil", comparative studies, prevention, and the misuse of the Holocaust. Those chapters relating to therapy address the specific issues of the survivors, including the second and third generation, through psychoanalysis as well as other modalities, whilst the section on creativity and the arts looks at film, theater, poetry, opera, and writing.

The aftermath of the Holocaust demanded that psychoanalysis re-examine the importance of psychic trauma; those who first studied this darkest chapter in human history successfully challenged the long-held assumption that psychical reality was essentially the only reality to be considered. As a result, contemporary thought about trauma, dissociation, self psychology, and relational psychology were greatly influenced by these pioneers, whose ideas have evolved since then. This long-awaited text is the definitive update and elaboration of their original contributions.

About the Editor(s)

Ira Brenner, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, where is he also Director Emeritus of the Adult Psychotherapy Training Program. He has developed a special interest in the area of psychological trauma and has co-edited two special issues of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies where he is Associate Editor of the section on trauma. He has also written four books: The Last Witness: The Child Survivor of the Holocaust (co-authored with Judith Kestenberg); Dissociation of Trauma: Theory, Phenomenology, and Technique; Psychic Trauma: Dynamics, Symptoms, and Treatment; and Injured Men: Trauma, Healing, and the Masculine Self. In 2008, Dr Brenner received the President’s Award from the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia for extraordinary service. He is also the recipient of the Gratz Research Prize from Jefferson for work on the Holocaust; the Piaget Writing Award; and the Gradiva Award.

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