Behavior: Legacy of Terror

Many Jews who escaped the Nazi horrors of World War II were scarred for life by "survivor syndrome"—chronic anxiety, flattened emotions, depression, guilt and recurring nightmares. Now, says Israeli Psychiatrist Samai Davidson, similar symptoms are turning up in the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Davidson, director of Tel Aviv's Shalvata Psychiatric Center, found in treating many refugees from Nazi camps that they often married hastily, focused all hopes on their children, and as parents proved overprotective and found it difficult to show love. Says he: "The effects of the systematic dehumanization are being transmitted from one generation to the next through...

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