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In the 1950s, psychiatrists and psychologists often viewed survivors as traumatized people who were expected to have difficulties adjusting. At first, some of the young survivors demonstrated unusual behaviours such as hoarding food. They required time to unlearn these behaviours that they had adopted to cope with their environments during the war. Despite their appalling early experiences, there was an almost complete lack of juvenile delinquency or crime within this group of refugees. The orphans often cite the security and love of their early pre-war lives as the basis for their inner strength, their ability to cope and build new lives.     more... »