Inheritence: Jewish Identity and the Legacy of the Holocaust Mediated Through Art Psychotherapy Groups
Topics: Main Topic: Holocaust and Memorial, Holocaust, Holocaust Survivors, Holocaust Survivors: Children of, Psychotherapy / Psychoanalysis, Jewish Identity
Abstract: This paper is offered with the aim of alerting practitioners to the implications of the Holocaust in the experiences of Jewish clients who may themselves be unaware of its significance. Many Jewish people who come for psychotherapy today were not necessarily, nor apparently, directly affected by the Holocaust and yet they carry the inter generational scars. Beginning with my own personal experience, as well as the insight I have gained from conducting analytical art psychotherapy groups on Jewish identity, I will show how subtle and pervasive is the legacy of the Holocaust. The paper is based in Jewish experience but there are implications for work with refugees and immigrants from many other current situations. Discussion includes consideration of some of the psychological affects of anti‐semitism. The intention is to draw attention to issues which may not be immediately apparent when people first come for analysis or psychotherapy.