It has taken psychiatry many decades to come to terms with the Holocaust. On the one hand, doctors have tried to help survivors to rebuild their lives; on the other, they have been profoundly influenced by the Holocaust in formulating modern concepts of trauma. This lecture will weigh the effectiveness of the medical response and assess the legacy of the Holocaust in modern psychiatry.
About the Speaker: BEN SHEPHARD is a British military and medical historian. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University and has held similar positions at Yale, NYU and Cambridge. He is the author of A War of Nerves. Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Century (Harvard UP, 2001); After Daybreak. The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen (Schocken, 2006) and The Long Road Home. The Aftermath of the Second World War (Knopf, 2011). In a previous life, as a television producer, he worked on the Emmy-award winning series, The World at War.