Re: Hungarian labor brigades - first person narrations #hungary #romania #ukraine #russia


Frank Dyer
 

In a lecture as part of a symposium on antisemitism, psychoanalyst Paul Ornstein M.D. shared a very moving story of his compulsory labor force service in Hungary. He made the point that those best able to tolerate the abusive conditions of the labor brigades were those with the strongest sense of Jewish identity. The more assimilated Jewish prisoners, who essentially identified as Hungarians, had poorer health and a higher death rate than those whose spirits were buoyed by Jewish identity and faith. I don't know if he ever published anything about those experiences or if anyone ever substantiated his personal observations on this issue in a more formal way, but it certainly makes sense.
Best,
Frank Dyer

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