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The Psychological Effects of the Holocaust Death Destruction Genocide Torture Everlasting darkness A black smoke rose up the chimney of the crematory and the essence of evil lingers around society The Holocaust was a tragic point in history which many people believe never happened Others who survived it thought it should never have been Not only did this affect the people who lived through it and it also affected everyone who was connected to those fortunate individuals who survived The survivors were lucky to have made it but there are times when their memories and flashbacks have made them wish they were the ones who died instead of living with the horrible aftermath The psychological effects of the Holocaust on people from different parts such as survivors of Israel and survivors of the ghettos and camps vary in some ways yet in others are profoundly similar The vast number of prisoners of various nationalities and religions in the camps made such differences inevitable Many contrasting opinions have been published about the victims and survivors of the holocaust based on the writers different cultural backgrounds personal experiences and intellectual traditions Therefore the opinions of the authors of such books and entries of human behavior and survival in the concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Europe are very diverse Because the traumatization of the Holocaust was both individual and collective most individuals made efforts to create a new family to replace the nuclear family that had been lost In order for the victims to resist dehumanization and regression and to find support the members of such groups shared stories about the past fantasies of the future and joint prayers as well as poetry and expressions of personal and general human aspirations for hope and love Imagination was an important means of liberation from the frustrating reality by opening an outlet for the
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