One in four genocide survivors in UK have faced abuse, poll finds…


More relatives of survivors deal with racial or religious hatred, according to research released to mark Holocaust Memorial Dayv

More than one-quarter of survivors of the Holocaust and the genocides that followed who are living in the UK have experienced discrimination or abuse linked to their religion or ethnicity, research released to mark Holocaust Memorial Day shows.

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‘I put myself in standby mode’: what makes a survivor?


A resilience research centre is investigating why some people recover from adversity, while others crumble

Standing in a cold cell in a former East German secret police prison, Gilbert Furian explains how he approached his imprisonment here in 1985. “I tried to numb myself,” he says. “ thought that if I reacted the way my heart wanted to, I would go crazy. So I put myself in a kind of standby mode.”

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Compulsive Behaviour?


It makes more sense than you think.

There are endless motivations for human behaviour, from the basic drives for food and sex to more complicated ones, such as compassion, envy and anger. But none of these explain behaviours that we feel irresistibly, often inexplicably, driven to engage in – compulsions.

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It’s not ALL in the genes – the role of epigenetics

We’re pretty used to thinking ‘it’s all in the genes’… that we are who we are because of the genes we received from our parents. But what if we are who we are not only because of the genes our parents gave us, but also because of the environment in which our grandparents lived?

Turns out, it’s not ALL in the genes—external and environmental factors can influence the way an organism’s genes are regulated. This is just part of a field of genetics known as epigenetics—‘epi’ coming from the Greek for ‘over, on top of’. Epigenetics is an additional layer of instructions that lies ‘on top of’ DNA, controlling how the genes are read and expressed.

Epigenetics can be thought of as the interpretation of the genetic code. Just as the same piece of music will change slightly when interpreted by different orchestras, so does our genetic ‘score’ when interpreted by the epigenetic orchestra.