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Survivors Guilt The Holocaust and its effect on the Jewish Community The worlds biggest desolation that caused the murders of millions of Jewish people took place during WWII The Holocaust orchestrated by the Nazi Empire destroyed millions of lives and created questions about humanity that may never be answered Many psychological effects caused by the Holocaust forever changed the way the Jewish people view the world and themselves The Jewish people have been scarred for generations and may never be able to once again associate with the rest of the free world Furthermore these scars have now become the looking glass through narrow eyes Randolph pg 15 the survivors relate everything to the experiences they endured during the Holocaust Likewise these new views on the world shapes how the survivors live interact and raise a family both socially and spiritually Some survivors are scarred so deeply they cannot escape the past feelings and images of terror they call this Survivor Syndrome A survivor first of all is one who has encountered been exposed to or witnessed death and has himself or herself remained alive Symptoms of Survivor Syndrome not only affected survivors but their families as well The inability to work and even at times to talk were some of the symptoms included One thing that many of the Jewish people feared was that there could be a chance that the Holocaust may happen again because of the fear that history can repeat itself There was also a fear of uniformed police officers because of the position of power the commonly held One symptom that was common with Survivors Syndrome was the feelings of guilt for having survived when others had not Why am I alive Why not my sister and brother my whole family Wiensenthel 30 The survivors had thoughts of death nightmares panic attacks and various other symptoms Disinterest in life people and sometimes even in reality played a huge role in
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