Qualitative study on strengths and resilient qualities in Holocaust survivors / by Rebecca Simon.
The purpose of this study was to explore the strength and resilience that Holocaust survivors have demonstrated in order to reach the later part of their lives. Topics addressed were survivors' childhood and background, the impact of the Holocaust on their lives after the war, aging as experienced by survivors, and Holocaust survivors' description of their strengths or qualities contributing to survival. Ten Holocaust survivors were interviewed. Survivors positively described their background, childhood, and experience of religion. They responded that surviving the Holocaust impacted them to work hard, focus on their families, and have added appreciation of life. Survivors did not address aging specifically, rather themes of remembering lost relatives, and appreciating life and children, emerged. Survival strengths described were having the will to live, internal strengths and memories, and looking to the future. Holocaust survivors' goals in life were primarily to survive, help others, raise a family, and be good people.
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