PRIVATE LIVES, PUBLIC SELVES: REFLECTIONS OF A JEWISH SOUTH AFRICAN

  • Murray Nossel Adjunct Lecturer and doctoral student, The Columbia University School of Social Work

Abstract

Homeland is a psychological space which is separate from, yet inextricably connected to, geographical space. In these reflections, I tell parts of my grandfather's story, and those of my own, to show that homeland is a multi-layered term incorporating aspects such as my Jewish ancestral past and the country of my birth, South Africa. These stories serve to introduce my presentation of a person I helped, who profoundly affected my ability to deal with the trauma of dislocation. He allowed me into his private world of emotional torment and led us both towards the discovery of a "homeland" within.Copyright of Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is the property of ClevelandState University and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to alistserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print,download, or email articles for individual use.

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Murray Nossel, Adjunct Lecturer and doctoral student, The Columbia University School of Social Work
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