Caring For Holocaust Survivors

An increase in awareness about the prevalence and impact of trauma Holocaust Survivors faced has led to new approaches to caring for them. Recent events like the pandemic can trigger Holocaust Survivor’s painful memories, fear, and sense of powerlessness. These feelings may awaken post-traumatic stress symptoms caused by the survivors’ trauma history.

As health care professionals and caregivers, it is our responsibility to be educated and remain aware of the Holocaust trauma, and the post-traumatic impact stress can have in providing care.

The resources on this page provide professional caregivers with background and information on how to provide care to Holocaust Survivors at the end of life.

On-Demand E-Learning Modules | Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at the End of Life 

This online training toolkit consists of a course orientation and three modules that can be taken individually. It aims to sensitize and prepare health care professionals working with Holocaust Survivors and their families, as well as other trauma survivors, to recognize and respond to post-traumatic stress symptoms and deliver person-centered, trauma-informed care at the end of life.

The e-learning provides 3.25 CME/CE credits

Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at the End of Life – Multimedia Library

This digital library contains resources about the historical background of the Holocaust and how to provide person-centered, trauma-informed care to Holocaust survivors and their families. 

Caring for Holocaust Survivors: Clinicians Guide

This guidebook is for clinicians who have never, or rarely, worked with Holocaust Survivors. It is meant to help provide a deeper understanding of end-of-life issues that may manifest in the Holocaust Survivor patient.

This guidebook will:

  • Be an educational tool and resource for professional caregivers serving Holocaust Survivors and their children, the Second Generation
  • Educate clinicians about how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifests itself at the end of life in Holocaust Survivors
  • Raise self-awareness of their own comfort levels and reactions in clinicians and caregivers when working with Holocaust Survivors

Our six-part series addresses how this unique lifelong issue has shaped our lives, and will help us answer: What happens now? How do you reconcile your loss when you have been focused on your loved ones for so long? How do you carry out the legacy for your loved one?