Health status and mortality in holocaust survivors living in Jerusalem 40-50 years later

Chen Collins, Genc Burazeri, Jaime Gofin, Jeremy D. Kark

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The long-term health sequelae of the Holocaust were assessed 40-50 years later in the framework of a Jerusalem community health study. Holocaust survivors (N=288, mean age = 67.6 years) and European-born Jews, not exposed to the Holocaust (N=486, mean age = 68.9 years), were studied in 1985-87. Our objective was to compare psychobehavioral factors, clinical variables, and mortality outcomes. The comparisons revealed higher emotional distress scores in female Holocaust survivors than in unexposed women and poorer self-appraised health status in male Holocaust survivors than unexposed men. A 10-year mortality follow-up that terminated in April 1996 showed no significant association with Holocaust exposure. Long-term Holocaust survivors may represent a selective resilient group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-411
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2004



  • Community study
  • Emotional health
  • Health status
  • Holocaust
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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