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Kestenberg, J.S. (1993). What a Psychoanalyst Learned from the Holocaust and Genocide. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 74:1117-1129.

(1993). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 74:1117-1129

What a Psychoanalyst Learned from the Holocaust and Genocide

Judith S. Kestenberg


This paper is concerned with certain aspects of the Holocaust as it concerns children of survivors and child survivors. It describes transposition and somatisation and a split in the superego in children of survivors, bringing as an example the case of Rachel. It goes on to describe the psyche of child survivors, the split in their ego, their somatisation and the effect it had on the id, the ego and the superego of child survivors.

Time did not permit examination of another interest of mine, the psyche of the German persecutor who inflicted the atrocities on communists, socialists and gypsies as well as Jews and homosexuals as if they were vermin.

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