Tokens of trauma: the aging experience of Shoah survivors in a Jewish support center

Kasstan, Ben (2015) Tokens of trauma: the aging experience of Shoah survivors in a Jewish support center. Anthropology & Aging, 36 (1). pp. 26-44. ISSN 2374-2267

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This paper explores the traumatic memories of ageing Shoah survivors who attend a Jewish social and therapeutic support facility in London (UK). The study investigates the perceived differences in trauma within a diverse group of members who partake in the day centre. The difference in Shoah experience contextualises how survivors of ghettos and concentration camps possess a salient relationship with food, notably bread which acts as an enduring symbol of catastrophe for participants. The meanings that underlie death amongst camp survivors are evaluated, where decisions regarding the end of life stage can be interpreted as a shared experience with those who perished during the Shoah. Results exemplify how religious and cultural elements of Judaism mediate the trauma that has become thoroughly embodied for participants. survival is steeped in intersubjective acts of remembrance, offering a novel contribution to the anthropological study of genocide.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Shoah, Holocaust, Trauma, Ageing, Anthropology, Genocide
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
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Depositing User: Ben Kasstan
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 10:23
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 17:32

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