Study: Holocaust trauma affects survivors’ grandkids

By Ofri Ilani

More than 60 years after the Holocaust, the trauma of Nazi persecution is still affecting survivors’ grandchildren, a recent study by a researcher from the University of Haifa suggests.

The study on the long-term effects of extreme war-related trauma on the second and the third generation of Holocaust survivors involved 88 middle-class families. According to the study, young men and women born in Israel 40 years after WWII suffer greater emotional difficulties than the general population.

Dr. Miri Scharf found in her research – which was recently published in the scientific U.S. periodical Development and Psychopathology – that these emotional difficulties often manifest themselves when third-generation 18- and 17-year-olds enter the Israel Defense Forces.