Holocaust child survivors and child sexual abuse

Rachel Lev-Ẃiesel, Marianne Amir

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This study utilized a qualitative analysis of child survivors of the Holocaust who were sexually abused during World War II. The research study aimed to give this specific group of survivors a voice and to explore the impact of multiple extreme traumas, the Holocaust and childhood sexual abuse, on the survivors. Twenty-two child survivors of the Holocaust who were sexually abused during the war completed open-ended interviews. The data was qualitatively analyzed according to Tutty, Rothery, and Grinnell's (1996) guidelines. Three major themes were found: issues relating to the sexual abuse trauma, survivors' perceptions of the abuse, and survivors' general perspectives towards life. The identity of the offenders, Jewish or non-Jewish, determined the survivors' feelings towards themselves, the perpetrators, and about the worth of life. copy; 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-83
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Cumulative traumata
  • Holocaust child survivors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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