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Guilt is defined as an awareness of having done wrong or committed a crime accompanied by feelings of shame and regret by Encartacom Often times these feelings of shame that are often accompanied by survivors of the holocaust are not justified Yet it is very common that survivors of the holocaust experience what is called survivor guilt Survivor guilt is the word used to describe the feelings of people who survived a disaster which killed others On an irrational level these individuals grimace at their privileged escape from deaths clutcheswwwholocaust-trcorg Survivor guilt is not restricted only to the holocaust It also occurs in drunk driving incidents where someone was killed and in other incidents alsoSurvivor guilt can be better understood through the accounts of Rose a survivor of the holocaustWhen I came to Auschwitz my sister was with me She was only 14 and it was a miracle she got past Mengele From the moment we got into the camp she couldnt eat Needless to say I know in my head Im not the cause of her death but in my gut Ive believed that I caused her death At another point we were separated and I went into the Czech Lager camp where Czech families were brought from Theresienstadt and eliminated and she to the C Lager I tried to run back to her but I was caught by the Kapo beaten and thrown back toward the Czech Lager For a while through the wires we would meet every day It was the afternoon before Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement and that day I got three raw potatoes from somebody and I threw one over the wire to her She picked up the potato and started to cry I told her to go back to her barracks and we would meet again tomorrow I was afraid the Germans would see us The next day she didnt show up And she didnt come the
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