This is a 9 page paper that provides an overview of Holocaust survivors. Factors associated with the propensity for forgiveness will be identified and measured. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
are now interfacing more than ever with social workers. This presents an especial problem to social workers, in that they are obliged to assist their elderly charges in achieving a
sense of place within the broad social fabric; in many cases, this has been inhibited by the unwillingness of some survivors to practice forgiveness. Facing role conflict, these survivors are
denied the palliative effects of forgiveness. In order to better understand how to assist survivors in the context of social work practice, a review of literature is conducted and a
quantitative instrument produced by which factors correlated with this role conflict and resulting unwillingness to forgive can be identified. Introduction The role of social workers, especially those
working with the elderly, is to assist clients in overcoming personal problems through therapeutic counseling and the effective use of personal and social resources. For instance, a person struggling to
feed his or her children might work with a social worker in order to be put into contact with various state and local programs that provide financial assistance or job
training, as well as counseling the individual or family in the psychological aspects of undergoing such difficulties. However, one population of particular interest to social work practice is Holocaust survivors.
As the population of survivors ages, a phenomenon is emerging wherein some survivors are suffering from a "role conflict" wherein they are uncertain whether or not they should forgive their
former captors and tormenters, or refuse that forgiveness in order to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust are not soon forgotten. The role of the social worker when working
with such a client should be to help facilitate the experience of forgiveness, due to its being associated with a multitude of positive sociological and psychological ramifications, especially for the