With this book, John H. Harvey—widely acknowledged as a key founder of the field of loss and trauma—introduces this broad, interdisciplinary field to undergraduate and beginning graduate students. While many texts cover individual areas such as death and dying or stress and coping, none cover the diversity of loss events that Harvey does in this single volume. Perspectives on Loss and Trauma is the first undergraduate text to present major loss as an encompassing category that includes trauma, death and dying, and stress and coping. It reviews theory and research on the most challenging types of human loss and trauma:

death and dying; disease and injuries; war and violence; divorce and dissolution; unemployment and homelessness; the holocaust and genocide

Written in consideration of cross-cultural, international perspectives on loss, Perspectives on Loss and Trauma discusses relevant therapy approaches and emphasizes a story-telling approach to coping with major loss. It concludes with chapters on therapy and personal adjustment to loss, providing immediate applicability to counselors, therapists, social workers, and other human service professionals.

The Holocaust and Genocide

The holocaust and genocide

We have only one task, to stand and pitilessly to lead this race-battle…. The reputation for horror and terror which preceded us we want never to allow to diminish. The world may call us what it will.

—Heinrich Himmler, 1943 (quoted in Overy, 1997, p. 99)

This quotation reflects the raison d'etre of the perpetrators of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a form of genocide. Genocide may be defined as an attempt to systematically eliminate a whole group of people or a nation. In killing approximately 6 million Jews in Europe (of a total of approximately 11 million), the Nazis set a standard of atrocity the likes of which the world had never previously experienced. In the past decade, stories ...

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