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Flashy therapy helps Holocaust survivors

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 - 01:49

March 20 - Holocaust survivors in Brooklyn undergo multi-sensory therapy in a disco-like environment to ease trauma. Sharon Reich reports.

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When Dora Kupferberg steps into this psychedelic chamber, her memories of the Parschnitz concentration camp seem to fade away. She is just one of several Holocaust survivors who are using this new form of multi-sensory therapy to overcome the stresses of their experiences in World War II. SOUNDBITE: Holocaust survivor Dora Kupferberg saying (English): "You know I feel like I am a free person here, and I am not anymore by the Nazis. And I am not anymore afraid that I am going to the gas chamber, where they wanted to take me." Danielle Pomerantz is the director at the Hebrew Education Society in Brooklyn. She councils patients in their therapy sessions and explains that by varying the lighting, sounds and scents in the therapy room patients are empowered to control their environment. SOUNDBITE: Danielle Pomerantz, Director of Social Services at the Hebrew Education Society, saying (English): "The multi sensory room is a room called 'snoezelen' in Dutch. That's where it's originally created and there are many different activities that can be done inside the room. And all the activities are geared towards these different senses." For 87-year-old Mania Kolin, the therapy is a welcome reprieve from the constant memories that haunt her. SOUNDBITE: Holocaust survivor Mania Kolin saying (English): "It's a very difficult feeling you know. I don't have always such a feeling and now I feel very relaxed," she added. The multi-sensory therapy program is currently in its pilot phase, but Pomerantz and her team hope that it will soon be rolled out nationally to help the 75,000 Holocaust survivors living across the United States.

Flashy therapy helps Holocaust survivors

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 - 01:49

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