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Jucovy, S. (1988). The Cage. Ruth Minsky Sender. New York: Macmillan, 1986, 245 pp.. Psychoanal. Rev., 75(4):655-658.

(1988). Psychoanalytic Review, 75(4):655-658

The Cage. Ruth Minsky Sender. New York: Macmillan, 1986, 245 pp.

Review by:
Shirley Jucovy

In recent years, there has been a harvest of books written by those who were children or adolescents affected by the Holocaust. These child survivors are now at an age where one begins to look back to try to integrate one's life experience. It seems that this increased reflectiveness is particularly poignant for child survivors. It is evident that the need to remember and bear testimony has now surfaced with great intensity.

The books that are emerging are almost uniformly well written although the authors are not usually professional writers. They are deeply moving accounts of shattered youth recalled with a profound sense of loss and pain. Even when the basic material is not new, each book is a unique contribution to this morbid history and strikes the reader with fresh force. Each adds to the documentation of this cataclysmic and unfathomable human event. For the authors, it is likely that the act of recall serves necessary conscious and unconscious needs, and perhaps represents a final working through of the trauma.

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