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Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing

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No one can forget the devastating aftermath of a suicide bomber detonating in a crowded bus. But what happens to the survivors of such indiscriminate and horrific attacks? Will the physical and emotional scars overwhelm them, or will they be able to transcend the traumatic experience and lead healthy and fulfilling lives? Many of those who survive are able to grow and thri ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published February 20th 2014 by Gefen Books (first published February 2nd 2014)
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Melvin Marsh, M.S.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The vast majority of the book is her interviewees’ stories about being the victim of terrorism and how they survived psychologically. As someone who recently experienced an excessive amount of trauma (not including a situation in Israel which was equally traumatizing), I picked up a few potential tools to put in my toolbox although I would have liked a little more.

I want to warn people that this is an academic book. Specifically a dissertation adapted to reach a broader market. I like and apprec
The first thing that I noticed and something that kept coming up is that the book is a testament to “the strength of the human spirit” (xxiii). Another recurring thought is that of resilience. I will attempt to write this review without giving away too much of the book. There is just so much that touched me and I want to do the work justice. It is an important book and I hope it gains a wide readership. It’s a book about hope and healing, and that is for anyone.

Konvisser has an wonderful writin
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
the author, Zieva Konvisser, who has studied how survivors of the Shoah coped, interviews people who have been affected by terrorist attacks, in Israel, mostly from this century, but some from the 1990s. These are people from all walks of life, religious or not so religious, male or female, young or older, Muslim or Jewish, Druze or Christian, native born or immigrant. Konvisser was impressed by the resilience of people in the face of the distinct possibility of a terrorist attack and she wanted ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The stories within the pages are very inspiring, and filled with hope, despite the traumas and fears forced upon the individuals.

Each person has learned to live through it, and to cope with what life handed them. The majority of the individuals have gone on to help others, either through working for humanitarian organizations, forming an organization themselves, or through volunteering to help victims of terrorism.

The traumas experienced have formed their lives in ways that they never expected.
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Zieva Konvisser’s diverse career has evolved from pharmaceutical chemist to automotive executive to earning a post-“retirement” PhD in human development. As a fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University, her research focuses on the human impact of traumatic events, such as terrorism, genocide, war, and wrongful conviction. She has served on the National Commission ...more

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