The Politics of War Trauma

The Aftermath of World War II in Eleven European Countries

Edited By Jolande Withuis and Annet Mooij

The Politics of War Trauma

Edited By Jolande Withuis and Annet Mooij

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

369 pages | 7 x 9 1/2 | © 2010
Cloth $54.95 ISBN: 9789052603711 Published October 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This study compares the policies and attitudes toward the health consequences of World War II in eleven European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, East Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and West Germany. It shows the remarkably asynchronous development in these countries of health care financing and treatment for war survivors, and of the patients’ perception of their own health. Using an innovative and multidisciplinary approach, Withuis and Mooij analyze postwar health care in the context of the European political climate at that time.

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Politics of War Trauma
      Jolande Withuis

Part I: Eleven Nations
Chapter 1. A Nation of Victims: How Austria dealt with the victims of the authoritarian Ständestaat and national socialism
      Helga Embacher and Maria Ecker
Chapter 2. A Kaleidoscope of Victimhood: Belgian experiences of World War II
      Sonja van ’t Hof
Chapter 3. From ‘Deportation Pathology’ to ‘Traumatismes Psychiques de Guerre’: Trauma and reparation in post-war France (1940’s-1990’s)
      Maria Teresa Brancaccio
Chapter 4. Negotiating Victimhood in East and West Germany 1945-2005
      Svenja Goltermann
Chapter 5. Where Have All the Traumatized People Gone? World War II and its aftermath in Italy: trauma and oblivion
      Maria Teresa Brancaccio
Chapter 6. Collective Suffering: Consequences of World War II in Luxembourg
      Sonja van ’t Hof
Chapter 7. From Totalitarianism to Trauma: A paradigm change in the Netherlands
      Jolande Withuis and Annet Mooij
Chapter 8. A Psychiatric Study of World War II Survivors: The case of Poland
      Jacek Bomba and Maria Orwid
Chapter 9. From Camp to Claim: The KZ syndrome and PTSD in Scandinavia, 1945-2010
      Ralf Futselaar 
Part II: A Comparative Approach
Chapter 10. The Aftermath of World War II: A Comparison
      Annet Mooij
Chapter 11. The Management of Victimhood: Long term health damage from asthenia to PTSD
      Jolande Withuis

      Annet Mooij and Jolande Withuis
List of Contributors
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