Exploding Psychological Myths about Generations of the Holocaust in Israel and North America

  • Eva Fogelman


As soon as the concentration camps were liberated, envoys from the Yishuv (the Jewish settlements) in Palestine, journalists and relief workers judged the survivors, and wondered if they were too damaged to resume normal life. In the Displaced Persons camps (DP camps), Golda Meir took Bergen-Belsen survivor Dr. Hadassah Rosensaft aside and asked how many of the survivors were normal. Dr. Rosensaft said, ‘we are all crazy because we are so normal.’ Hoping to recruit the she’erit hapleta, remnants of European Jewry, for the Yishuv, David Ben Gurion, then the head of the Zionist Executive, sent envoys to assess their condition. One envoy from Palestine described the survivors as living ‘cemeteries’. Others said: ‘these are torn and broken shadows of men, plagued by lice and boils and eye diseases.’


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