War Trauma Survey

What impact did World War II have on your family? Please answer all the questions. Where something does not pertain to your family's experience please put N/A so you can proceed through the assessment.

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Question 1 of 12

Have you studied your family's war trauma specifically from World War II (or any war)?





Question 2 of 12

If you answered YES to the first question, please explain what you learned about your family's war trauma, their experiences, and how they coped (or didn't) after the war. If you learned about a war other than World War II, please explain that also.
If you answered NO please put N/A in this space so you can proceed to the next question.

Question 3 of 12

Which of these apply to your family's World War II trauma? Please select all that apply.

You will use the next section to talk about the things you selected here to provide more details.

(Select all that apply)

Someone served in the military.


A woman or several women in my family took jobs outside the home during the war.


At least one of your family's service members (male or female) was Killed or Died of wounds or disease during their military service.


At least one service member returned home with mental health issues (combat fatigue, PTSD, shell shock, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, whatever label you want to put on it).


The veteran suffered a physical wound or disability, loss of limb, or other that affected his or her life post-war.


The parent or grandparent who served coped with his or her combat experience by one or more of the following: drinking, drugs, emotionally shutting down, anger & violence, disappearing from the family.


A veteran lived part or most of the rest of his or her life in a Veteran's Hospital after the war.


The mother remarried after her husband was Killed In Action.


Your parents or grandparents divorced after the war.


The women in the family (mom, grandma) had mental health issues as a result of the stress of the home front and having a husband, son, brother, etc. fighting overseas.


The veteran had trouble readjusting to civilian life.


The veteran had trouble readjusting to family life.


The wife had trouble readjusting when her husband returned, even if he was not disabled or mentally incapacitated in any visible way.


The children had trouble adjusting when dad returned from the war.


Your family lost people during the Holocaust or through other camps during and after the war. These could be deaths in Displaced Persons Camps.


One of your family members was a Prisoner of War.


I had child family members who were evacuated during the Blitz.


I had family members who were taken away to be raised by German families.


I or one of my parents, grew up as a war orphan because of the loss of one or both parents. This may be also because dad died in combat.


My family lived overseas and dealt with occupation or starvation during the war.

Question 4 of 12

If you are the child of a World War II veteran, please explain what life was like growing up with the veteran. Were there any issues due to the war? If not please type N/A to proceed.

Question 5 of 12

Please use this space to elaborate on any of the boxes you checked in the prior question. What happened in your family during the war, after the war? Who specifically suffered? Have you researched their service? Have you researched life on the home front and its effect on your family?

Type N/A if you checked zero boxes.

Question 6 of 12

Did your veteran or family members talk about their war experiences – in combat or on the home front? Please explain what you heard. Even snippets of conversations.

Question 7 of 12

If your parents lived during the World War II period - what was YOUR childhood like? What sort of things did you not like or not understand until you were older and learned about their war experiences? Please be as specific as possible.

Example: Child of WWII veteran or Displaced Person grows up in an unhappy home. Learns as an adult some of the specifics of what happened to her veteran father or displaced parents and now understands why her parents were the way they were, raised her in those beliefs, behaviors and patterns, etc. (When I spoke to someone she gave me specifics on her childhood, parents, the parents life before and during the war, etc. so this is just an example of what to consider).

Question 8 of 12

When you think about your childhood, whether you had parents who suffered during World War II or you are a grandchild whose grandparents and possibly parents suffered in some way - what energies did you grow up noticing? How did you deal with them (ignore them, ask more questions, etc.)? What did you learn the deeper you dug into your family history around the war experiences?

Example: Granddaughter hears stories about her now deceased grandfather - that the war made him crazy and he spoke to little green men and had to be locked in a Veterans Hospital after the war. She is aware her father, uncles, grandmother, extended family only whisper about the grandpa and never tell the truth. Later she discovered what really happened to him and learned the family was always telling lies to cover up their anger, shame, grief, sadness, guilt, etc. over the situation of the grandpa.

Question 9 of 12

If you are a grandchild of a World War II veteran, have you noticed you carry and live out some of their patterns or unfinished business? If so, what? If not, please put N/A.

Question 10 of 12

Last there anything else you'd like to share about your family's war experiences or traumas and how they affected your family through the generations? If not, please put N/A.

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Question 11 of 12

If you would like to learn more about your family's trauma, what would be most helpful to you to accomplish this? A class, worksheets, a book, one-on-one session, other? Please describe what would be helpful for you.

Question 12 of 12

For context in your answers, since this is a global survey, in what country do you live? If different than your veteran (if you immigrated post-war) where did your family live during the war?

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