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Memorial Candles: Children of the Holocaust Hardcover – Apr 22 1992

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (April 22 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415060982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415060981
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
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From Publishers Weekly

Jerusalem psychotherapist Wardi combines excerpts of group therapy sessions with a review of relevant literature to analyze dynamics in the lives of children of Holocaust survivors. Far more technical than Helen Epstein's journalistic exploration, Children of the Holocaust , this book should be useful for specialists. Wardi observes that survivor parents designate certain children as "memorial candles" to fill an emotional void and to continue a family history. Some "memorial candles" function well at work but poorly in human relationships; Wardi suggests that results from a combination of emotional deprivation and maternal overprotection. Children of those who actively struggled against the Nazis have a strong, sometimes compulsive, drive to achieve; children of more passive "victims" often choose professions that involve helping or protecting others. Only when "memorial candles" relax their rigid defense systems can they confront how their parents' humiliation influenced their distorted self-images and sexual identities. Wardi concludes that "memorial candles" must undergo several stages of psychotherapy in order to leave the role assigned by their parents and search for their roots.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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As a psychotherapist in private practice in Jerusalem, the author has treated dozens of children of Holocaust survivors. In most families, she found one of the children designated (usually unconsciously) as a "memorial candle" for relatives who perished. To a much greater extent than other siblings, this child assumes the burden of participating in the parents' emotional world and the special mission of serving as a link preserving the past and joining it to the present and future. Wardi's account of how she has helped her patients achieve maturity by relinquishing this enormous emotional burden, told largely through transcripts of actual therapy sessions, is deeply moving. Mental health professionals will have a special interest in this landmark work, but lay readers concerned with the Holocaust and its continuing emotional effects will certainly want to read it, too. Highly recommended. --Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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It has been an eye opening understanding of what my parents were going through but unable to verbalise