Beyond Anne Frank chronicles the wartime and postwar struggles of young Jewish children caught in the maelstrom of the Holocaust in Holland. As the title indicates, this study faces the reality of the traumatization of children in wartime in a manner that transcends the unfortunate tendency toward idealization and minimization that has accompanied the Anne Frank diary for over forty years. This first-rate socio-historical work takes the reader into the daily wartime and postwar lives of some seventy children, now middle ‑aged adults, who were hidden during the war. The author, a professor of sociology, sensitively and compellingly shares these child survivors’ histories and post-war efforts to rebuild their shattered lives. Her ability to connect with her subjects and their willingness to share their struggles makes for a significant contribution to the Holocaust literature as well as to the study of the psychology of resilience and the dynamics of identity formation . Her concluding chapters contain an examination of the effects of persecution , parental loss, and separation on the psyche of her subjects . In addition , the author analyzes the psychological effects that different living arrangements had upon the emotional wellbeing of these children. The arresting insights of this volume’s final chapters will be oft-cited and utilized by professionals from varying fields. All those concerned with the promotion of optimum childhood mental health in the face of the painful challenges of hatred and indifference to children’s needs will find much of value in this important new work. Glossary, notes, references.
Steven A. Luel, Ph.D., is associate professor of education and psychology at Touro College, New York. He is a developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice. He is co-editor (with Paul Marcus) of Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Holocaust: Selected Essays.