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Kaplan, S. (2000). Child survivors and childbearing; memories from the Holocaust invading the present. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 23(2):249-282.

(2000). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 23(2):249-282

Child survivors and childbearing; memories from the Holocaust invading the present

Suzanne Kaplan, Leg. psych.

In this article – based on 40 video-taped interviews with Jewish child survivors – the author discusses how memories from the Holocaust invade the present and affect one of the most sensitive phases of the life cycle, the period of reproduction. This is discussed as applied psychoanalytic research of oral testimonies. Four areas of knowledgehistory, autobiography narrative, cognitive memory research and psychoanalytical theory – are argued to help to elucidate memories and understand the tremendous force which the intersection exerts on them in the present, which is the fundamental idea of this article. The author discusses both the possibility to work through massive traumas, and the distorted concept of time. The Nazi deeds which were intended to eliminate women and children, to split families, that is, break down the continuity of life, affected both those who were directly involved, and those women and men who witnessed these deeds.

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