The long echo of WW2 trauma

After the existence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was officially recognised by the US government in 1980, in the wake of Vietnam, researchers began to take an interest on the illness on soldiers’ families. Studies were already suggesting that the children of Holocaust survivors could be severely affected by the trauma experienced by their parents. “It would also be easier to believe that they, rather than their parents, had suffered the corrupting, searing hell,” wrote the author of the first paper on intergenerational trauma among Holocaust survivors.

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