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Children of Holocaust survivors inherited concentration camp brain damage

It is hoped that the findings will mean therapy will be more tailored on supporting survivors and their descendants (Picture: Getty)

It is hoped that the findings will mean therapy will be more tailored on supporting survivors and their descendants (Picture: Getty)

The trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors is capable of being passed on to their children and grandchildren, affecting stress response, emotion and learning, a study has found.

The findings by researchers at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, found that the mental health of at least three generations of the same family could be affected.

Researchers found that the relatives of survivors of concentration camps had significantly less grey matter, or neurons, in areas of the brain responsible for stress response, memory, motivation, emotion, learning and behaviour, than a control group whose relatives had no connection to the Holocaust.

The study backs the theory of epigenetic inheritance-the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your offspring.

Ivan Rektor, a neurologist at Masaryk, said that early results showed there was a deterioration in children of survivors.

A group of child survivors behind a barbed wire fence at the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in southern Poland, on the day of the camp???s liberation by the Red Army, 27th January 1945. Photo taken by Red Army photographer Captain Alexander Vorontsov during the making of a film about the liberation of the camp. The children were dressed in adult uniforms by the Russians. The children are (left to right): Tomy Schwarz (later Shacham), Miriam Ziegler, Paula Lebovics (front), Ruth Webber, Berta Weinhaber (later Bracha Katz), Erika Winter (later Dohan), Marta Weiss (later Wise), Eva Weiss (later Slonim), Gabor Hirsch (just visible behind Eva Weiss), Gabriel Neumann, Robert Schlesinger (later Shmuel Schelach), Eva Mozes Kor, and Miriam Mozes Zeiger. (Photo by Alexander Vorontsov/Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)

At least three generations of the same family could be affected by the trauma of the Holocaust (Picture: Getty Images)

(Original Caption) Emaciated survivors of one of the largest Nazi concentration camps, at Ebensee, Austria, entered by the 80th division, U.S. Third army on May 7, 1945.

Relatives of survivors of concentration camps had significantly less neurons, in areas of the brain responsible for stress response (Picture: Bettmann)

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