Post-war Generation

The ‘Post-War Generation’ denotes people one or two of whose parents was/were traumatized during the Second World War.

Although they have not been exposed to organised violence themselves, they may have psychological complaints that are related to their parents’ traumatization.

Features of this group

This traumatization may have affected the way in which they were raised. Often, people in this group do not develop psychological complaints until they reach middle age, sometimes when they have children of their own. In their relations with the traumatized parents we often discern extreme feelings of loyalty: the parents have experienced and been through such a great deal that the children start to spare or strongly support them or put them on a pedestal. Or, they may have strong feelings of being responsible, or be so intensely attached to the parents that it becomes difficult for them to develop their own identity.
 
Concise care programme Post-war Generation
Foundation Centrum ’45 treats people on the basis of care programmes. Among other things, these programmes define extensively the general features of a specific target group, the (possible) nature of the psychological complaints and the ways in which treatment goals can be achieved. With every target group you will find a concise version of the care programme.

More information is to be found in the brochure Victimized parents victimized children
 
Personal stories
"At times it is as if I was there myself, so much do I know about the war years. I wanted to find out everything there was about that period because it was a way of getting to know my father, who was murdered in April 1945. And yet, at home we didn’t talk so very much about the backgrounds of the war. Materially, I didn’t lack for anything but there was little attention for my feelings, and there was not a good rapport with my mother.

I’ve had a lot of problems both with relationships and with my health. A break point came when I was trying to seek out the man who had betrayed my father. He and his family were doing very well, and I found that completely unacceptable. I was finally referred to Foundation Centrum ’45 and there I felt safe, even quite soon – something I’d always lacked in the past. During the group talks I learnt that I had always been wanting to please people. It wasn’t until after my therapy that I began to feel free again. I can now stand up for myself, I can now say 'I', in the sense of: now it is my turn."