World War II and its long-term effects on those who lived through it

World War II and its long-term effects on those who lived through it

A poll launched by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) of Munich and the RAND Corporation of Santa Monica (California) points out that the elderly in whose childhood they suffered the traumas of World War II are more prone to contracting some mental and physical illnesses.

World War II had devastating human consequences, taking with it directly or indirectly 3% of the world's population, between 62 and 78 million people. Killed on the battlefield, during the bombings, or in concentration camps, half of these fallen were ordinary citizens. On the other hand, many of the survivors still live to recount the traumatic experiences they endured from 1939 to 1945.

Although now elderly, most of them suffered the sufferings of war as children. Were witnesses to the harshest atrocities and they lived for years in an environment where violence and destruction were the order of the day. How do these memories, these memories of episodes of bombing, famine, displacement and desolation, affect your lives today?

The epidemiological study has concluded that these people are more likely to suffer from physical and mental health problems, especially those whose nations and peoples were most affected by the rifts of war. They are statistically more likely to suffer from depression, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Likewise, in some cases, being people with a poor education due to the interruption of the war, they tend to feel dissatisfied with their lives.

Although it seems logical that these people, who have suffered continuous periods of malnutrition and all kinds of extreme experiences in their childhood, are more likely to suffer from diseases such as depression or diabetes, the study director said Professor Joachim Winter points out that it has been possible to measure and quantify the effect of these long-term consequences.

Surprisingly, these long-lasting and permanent consequences are most apparent among those who belonged to the middle classes and then had to endure a harsh life to regain their status.

Winter has commented that "Given the extent of the physical damage caused by World War II and its relevance to the political and economic development of Europe, our understanding of its long-term impacts among those who were exposed to it should be considered relatively modest".

Romantic, in the artistic sense of the word. In my adolescence both family and friends reminded me over and over that I was an inveterate humanist, as I spent time doing what perhaps others did not, believing myself to be Bécquer, immersed in my own artistic fantasies, in books and movies, constantly wanting to travel and explore the world, admired for my historical past and for the wonderful productions of the human being. That is why I decided to study History and combine it with Art History, because it seemed to me the most appropriate way to carry out the skills and passions that characterize me: reading, writing, traveling, researching, knowing, making known, educating. Disclosure is another of my motivations, because I understand that there is no word that has real value if it is not because it has been transmitted effectively. And with this, I am determined that everything I do in my life has an educational purpose.


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