The End of World War II?
Holocaust survivors suffered during the war and afterwards in many different ways, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
There were major differences in the intensity of trauma among different survivors. Each and every one of them had different personal ways of dealing with the events of World War II, which they used during the war or at later stages of their lives. The Holocaust did not eliminate the differences in the personalities of the survivors, and how they dealt with it was not identical. The survivors’ recovery process was difficult in each site or country in which they decided to live.
Most of the survivors were in a strongly deteriorated physical and very traumatized mental condition, parts of which lasted all their lives. It is expressed in the great mental shock they suffered, feeling like they were on „a different planet”, that they could not share the pain and sorrow, and some survivors even felt a sense of guilt. This terrible time caused physical and mental scars.
However, many of the survivors found the strength to rebuild their lives, start a family and develop successful careers.
This work is dedicated to those who for whom, the war never ended. When we talk about memory, we should keep in mind the private memory of those for whom the horrors of war were never absent and remained a daily, never ending, part of life. The following pieces of literature illustrate the great loss.