By Leo Eitinger
The normal historical past of the teams investigated the aim of this paper is to check no matter if the serious psychic and actual rigidity events to which humans have been uncovered within the focus camps of global \Var II have had lasting mental effects, to find the character of those stipulations and the symptomatology they current, and eventually to enquire which exact components of the above-mentioned tension state of affairs could be con sidered decisive for the morbid stipulations that have been published. so one can elucidate those questions from diverse issues of view, i've got tested teams of former focus camp inmates either in Norway and Israel. The Norwegians who have been tested compose a pretty uniform staff of fellows and girls, born and bred in Norway, who after the struggle certainly lower back to their local kingdom. The Israeli teams that have been tested have been drawn from nearly each state in Europe that were below German profession in the course of global warfare II. that they had all immigrated into Israel, in general after 1948.
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Team gr. had only slightly over one-third that could be characterized in this manner. With regard to the Israeli material, a classification of this sort must be considered absurd when we think of the fate of the Jewish prisoners in the death camps. Nevertheless, I asked all the investigated persons whether - from a somatic point of view - they themselves looked upon their captivity as 'very severe' or not, and more than half of them answered that - considering what 'the others' had gone through - they were inclined to characterize their own captivity as 'middling severe'; the totals were practically the same in the Isr.
Clin. gr. should have the poorest chance. In the Israeli groups, the youth of its members must play a part. This may be looked upon in some ways as a factor that increases their chances for a better adjustment, but in the majority of cases, a less mature and developed personality would be regarded rather as a factor which reduces the possibility of enduring intense stress situation. We will later take up the question of how this prognostic supposition corresponds to the actual findings. v Conditions during persecution and captivity I have earlier attempted to give a brief, and as dispassionate a view as possible of the conditions existing in German concentration camps, and reference has been made to some of the literature on the subject.
100 Total No. of Cases. 96 Norwegian team work gr. gr. 8 100 80 Israeli psychot. neur. work gr. gr. gr. 1 100 66 With regard to the Israeli groups, I have also noted the father's occupation, because it was assumed that, in many cases, this would be of greater importance for the estimation of the very young investigated persons than their own occupation. Table 6 The father's occupation in the Israeli groups (in percentages) The father's occupation psychotic gr. Unskilled labourers . . .
Concentration Camp Survivors in Norway and Israel by Leo Eitinger