A lifetime of soulful deaths

By MARCIA HALPERT
First published: Sunday, April 23, 2006

During the Holocaust, the Nazis murdered 6 million Jews and 5 million non-Jews. How many more millions of survivors were killed emotionally and psychologically?
Many of those victims who went on to marry and have children affected their families in negative ways because of the emotional scars left by the Holocaust.

Depression, panic attacks, anxiety and anger are only some of the symptoms that Holocaust survivors experienced as lifelong effects of the brutality endured in Nazi concentration camps. Fear of the unknown, discomfort with changes in routines distrust of strangers, inability to form close relations and fear of hunger even when food is readily available, are common traits in survivors of Nazi concentration camps.

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