Everyone’s War Becomes My War

The Far-Reaching Impact of the Invasion of Ukraine


  • Jessica Aldrich Strassman University of Pennsylvania
  • Sara L. Schwartz University of Southern California
  • Eugenia L. Weiss University of Nevada
  • Ann Petrila University of Denver




Ukraine, letter to the editor


The invasion of Ukraine has been difficult to watch for individuals around the world. Feelings of disbelief and helplessness arise as violent images of murdered children, bombed apartment buildings and shelters, and fleeing families waiting in freezing temperatures at border crossings flash across our screens. This is especially challenging for survivors of World War II (WWII) and their descendants, particularly Holocaust survivors of Eastern European and Ukrainian descent. The impact, however, is not limited to this population and has been felt by survivors of war crimes committed in Bosnia, Syria, and elsewhere.

Author Biographies

Jessica Aldrich Strassman, University of Pennsylvania

MSW, LCSW, DSW Student, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice, Philadelphia, PA.

Sara L. Schwartz, University of Southern California

PhD, MSW, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Los Angeles, CA.

Eugenia L. Weiss, University of Nevada

PhD, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Social Work, Reno, NV.

Ann Petrila, University of Denver

MSW, MPA, Professor of Practice, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Denver, CO.


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