Holocaust Survivors: Survivor Stories

Those like Knoller and Kugler, who are able to talk about their experiences, are among the mentally strongest Holocaust survivors who are still alive today. Many others, who have suppressed the horrors so fiercely that they still cannot tell their stories, suffer far more from the trauma of what they saw 70 years ago.

Each Holocaust survivor has a unique and individual story

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Holocaust survivors - Telling Their Stories

The Holocaust isn’t simply an event from the past, however: its horrors have tapped away at survivors’ subconsciouses for the past 70 years – leaking out when they started a family of their own, or when a terrorist attack in Paris sparks waves of crippling anxiety. Even in old age, survivors can’t escape, as bad memories start to break past failed attempts to forget.

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But ignored trauma does not disappear and Jamie Hacker Hughes, a psychologist and Anglia Ruskin University professor who specialises in traumatology, says that many Holocaust survivors suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which wasn’t a recognised condition until 1980, but supressed the symptoms.

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Freddie Knoller is now 93 years old and living in Totteridge, London, but during World War Two he survived the worst horrors of the Holocaust. The then 22-year-old Jewish Austrian spent more than a year in Auschwitz concentration camp before he was sent on the notorious Death March, to walk 20 miles through snow and ice to another camp in Gleiwitz. After his liberation in 1945, he refused to tell even a word of his story. For the next 35 years, the horrors he saw went unsaid, but were ever present in his life.

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