Title

Children of the Holocaust: Faith

Presenter Information

Andrea Byrnes

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 135

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Topic: Religious Studies: Faith of Children Who Survived the Holocaust. Question: My research is attempting to take a look at how the faith of young children under the age of twenty was affected after surviving the Holocaust. The significance of this is to understand the differences between religion and faith as compared to the innocence of youth and how it can be affected by trauma. Evidence: I am analyzing the concepts of faith as displayed within the memoirs and journals of those children who survived. By reading their own words and seeing the experience through their own eyes it has given be a better understanding of just how and why their faith was affected. Conclusions: I discovered that many of the children who survived relied on either the idea of family, or actual members of their family with them. It became obvious that the mother played a vital role with those who would retain faith. Also, if the survivor had a brother or sister alongside them, it gave them a reason to stay alive and keep their family member alive.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Heidi Szpek

Additional Mentoring Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Children of the Holocaust: Faith

SURC 135

Topic: Religious Studies: Faith of Children Who Survived the Holocaust. Question: My research is attempting to take a look at how the faith of young children under the age of twenty was affected after surviving the Holocaust. The significance of this is to understand the differences between religion and faith as compared to the innocence of youth and how it can be affected by trauma. Evidence: I am analyzing the concepts of faith as displayed within the memoirs and journals of those children who survived. By reading their own words and seeing the experience through their own eyes it has given be a better understanding of just how and why their faith was affected. Conclusions: I discovered that many of the children who survived relied on either the idea of family, or actual members of their family with them. It became obvious that the mother played a vital role with those who would retain faith. Also, if the survivor had a brother or sister alongside them, it gave them a reason to stay alive and keep their family member alive.