Why siblings in Holocaust families struggle to get along

  • January 28, 2024
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Siblings respond differently to parents’ Holocaust trauma, causing estrangement.


  • Children of Holocaust survivors either remain enmeshed with their families or alienated from them.
  • Parents either exposed children to personal horror stories or said nothing about their experiences.
  • Children of survivors became “parents” to their own parents, soothing their anxieties and allaying their fears.
  • Genocidal trauma not only kills family members; it also ruptures the family for generations to come.


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