Problems of internment camps

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The psychologist author summarizes his experiences in Buchenwald during the Jewish roundup of 1938. He considers bad food and housing responsible for the greater breakdown to insanity and animalism in this camp than in others. However, one organized group of 20 boys held together and survived without breakdown. The typical personality changes of internees were the result of degradation and isolation from the world. Suggestions are made for the serious postliberation problems of handling those who have been in concentration camps and those who must live in large camps pending reconstruction and repatriation. Reconstruction workers must be trained, sympathetic, and patient. Local helpers must be widely used. The after effects of internment and of Nazi education should be studied. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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