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Grubrich-Simitis, I. (1981). Extreme Traumatization as Cumulative Trauma—Psychoanalytic Investigations of the Effects of Concentration Camp Experiences on Survivors and their Children. Psychoanal. St. Child, 36:415-450.

(1981). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 36:415-450

Extreme Traumatization as Cumulative Trauma—Psychoanalytic Investigations of the Effects of Concentration Camp Experiences on Survivors and their Children

Ilse Grubrich-Simitis

EARLY APPROACHES

IN CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS(1930), FREUD COMMENTS ON the subjective nature of extreme suffering with which in the final analysis it is not possible to empathize:

No matter how much we may shrink with horror from certain situations—of a galley-slave in antiquity, of a peasant during the Thirty Years' War, of a victim of the Holy Inquisition, of a Jew awaiting a pogrom—it is nevertheless impossible for us to feel our way into such people—to divine the changes which original obtuseness of mind, a gradual stupefying process, the cessation of expectations, and cruder or more refined methods of narcotization have produced upon their receptivity to sensations of pleasure and unpleasure.

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