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The suicide of Adam Czerniakow


Walter, G and Pridmore, S, The suicide of Adam Czerniakow, Australasian Psychiatry, 19, (6) pp. 513-517. ISSN 1039-8562 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/10398562.2011.619267


Objective: The aim of this article is to describe the circumstances surrounding the suicide of Adam Czerniakow during the Holocaust. Method: Examination of Czerniakow � s (translated) diary and other Holocaust literature. Results : Head of the � Judenrat � (Jewish Council) in the Warsaw ghetto, Czerniakow had the impossible task of obeying oppressive German orders, while trying to serve and protect his people. Following instruction to have ready for deportation from the ghetto several thousand Jews each day, Czerniakow took his life. Although Czerniakow may not have known the precise destination of those deported (they were sent to death camps), he is believed to have held grave fears for their fate. Conclusions: Suicide in the context of avoiding having to perform an unacceptable task is not commonly recorded, but may have applied in Czerniakow � s case and was not infrequent among Judenrat members.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:75050
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2012-01-05
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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