The Hasidic movement was founded in the eighteenth century in Eastern Europe. During the Holocaust, the Hasidic Jews, like other Jews in Europe, were exposed to ruthless extermination and abuse by the Nazis. This essay presents a psychological analysis, based on the religious coping framework, of The Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust by Yaffa Eliach. The tales show that in the situation of extreme trauma, deprivation and absence of other methods of self-defence, deeply internalised religiosity based upon allegiance to a leader (zaddik) and strict adherence to everyday religious practice, as well as close kinship and family allegiances, became a powerful method of coping and survival.
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|