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Int J Psychoanal. 2009 Dec;90(6):1373-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-8315.2009.00218.x.

Thoughts on representation in therapy of Holocaust survivors.

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Bilu Street 2/5, Tel-Aviv 65222, Israel.


This paper presents the problems of representation and lack of representation in treating Holocaust survivors, through clinical vignettes and various theoreticians. The years of Nazi persecution and murder brought about a destruction of symbolization and turning inner and external reality into the Thing itself, the concrete, or, in Lacan's words, 'The Thing'. The paper presents two ideas related to praxis as well as theory in treating Holocaust survivors: the first is related to the therapist's treatment of the Holocaust nightmare expressing the traumatic events just as they happened 63 years previously; the second deals with the attempt at subjectification, in contrast to the objectification forced by the Nazis on their victims.

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