Children of Dutch War Sailors and Civilian Resistance Veterans

  • Wybrand Op Den Velde
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Nowadays it is generally acknowledged that the Nazi persecution, as well as other extreme experiences during World War II, left deep mental scars. There is also a growing realization that children of traumatized parents can struggle with more or less severe psychological problems. Albeit initially piecemeal, around the end of the 1960s, (auto)biographical and scientific publications about the “second generation” began to appear. The majority of the publications relates to survivors of Nazi concentration camps, in particular to Jewish survivors (Chapters 1–3). The literature is considerably less voluminous about the offspring of war sailors and former civilian Resistance fighters. Nevertheless, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers come in contact with these now adult children regularly. Their general impression is that the problems and complaints of these “children” are closely associated with the experiences of their parents during World War II.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Concentration Camp Guilt Feeling Family Secret Nazi Concentration Camp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wybrand Op Den Velde
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatrySaint Lucas Andreas HospitalAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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