Casework with Survivors of Nazi Persecution Twenty Years After Liberation

By Gertrude Conrad

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1969

Holocaust survivors are rarely given special treatment when they seek out a social work agency, as the image of the survivor is generally one of a person who has successfully moved on to a new life and found a way to live with the past. However, the author argues that these survivors often seek help when a life situation has triggered latent feelings of guilt, isolation, and anxiety, and the social worker should be aware of the potential impact the client's past has on his needed treatment. Without falsely trying to appear as an "insider," the social worker should create a safe place for the survivor to work through his story, thereby addressing his underlying issues.

Topic: Social Work, Mental Health, Shoah, Family, Holocaust

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 46/No. 2

Page Number(s): 170-175

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Conrad, Gertrude. Casework with Survivors of Nazi Persecution Twenty Years After Liberation. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1969: 170-175. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4306


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