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Holocaust Survivors Use Disco Dancing To Help Them Cope

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Disco therapy is being used to help Holocaust survivors deal with the emotional turmoil they still experience to this day. In conjunction with black lights, aromatherapy and a relaxing atmosphere, disco music helps survivors deal with their anxiety and grief. The host of these healing disco sessions is Minnie’s Place, a dance club in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn. The disco therapy is being done as part of a collaboration between Blue Card and The Hebrew Educational Society.

89-year-old Holocaust survivor Dora Zalcberg said she feels like she’s “in heaven” when she’s inside the disco. Zalcberg was only 16 when she was sent to the Parschnitz concentration camp, reports The Inquisitr.

There are nearly 15,000 Holocaust survivors currently living in Brooklyn. This is the first time that disco therapy has been used in this manner. Although it is unknown what the end result will be, Blue Card executive director Masha Girshin said there is nothing to lose by trying.

The disco therapy room cost about $55,000 to build. It opened to the public in January and Blue Card anticipates that more than 350 Holocaust survivors will dance in the room this year. There is one session held each week. If all goes as planned, the organization hopes to roll out similar therapy rooms across the nation.

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Some Holocaust survivors have turned to food instead of dancing as a way of coping with their problems. Documentary filmmaker and Oma and Bella director Alexa Karolinski explained:

“Food is the only materialistic thing they have from their lives before the war; they don’t even have a photograph. [Oma and Bella] say their chicken soup tastes exactly like their mothers’ chicken soup. It helps them remember their homes because they were orphaned by the war.”

Source: (The Inquisitr)