Surviving Well

Resistance to Adversity
  • Kerry Bluglass


This paper considers the adjustment of some survivors, Hidden Children, from two overlapping perspectives, my own as a psychiatrist and those of some resilient Hidden Children whose interviews with me explore their lives in hiding during World War II. Our shared belief, identifying those with a positive outcome following their childhood is that in studying harm to children we do not sufficiently identify good consequences, as well as bad. This can lead to pervasive negative, cultural and professional stereotypes. These interviews form part of a much larger work, documenting many interviews recorded in Europe and Israel, with a view to eventual publication. People who feel that they have overcome adversity wish to impart an optimistic message about the strength and infinite variety of the human organism, for the benefit of future generations, and do not wish the world to view them as helpless victims. In this paper we seek — while the protagonists’ memories are still vivid — to review and challenge from our separate perspectives the perception that the effect of Holocaust experiences inevitably resulted in poor outcomes for all Child Survivors.


Child Survivor Jewish Identity Psychological Injury Holocaust Survivor Moral Courage 
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