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Florabel Kinsler dies at 83; social worker aided Holocaust survivors
Florabel Kinsler dies at 83; social worker aided Holocaust survivors

After World War II, social workers typically urged Holocaust survivors to forget their horrific wartime experiences and get on with their lives. That struck Florabel Kinsler as a foolish and impossible order. During a decades-long career, the Los Angeles social worker and psychologist encouraged survivors to speak up about their traumatic experiences. "Flo would never moralize or tell people how they should feel," said Sarah Moskovitz, a Cal State Northridge professor emeritus who collaborated with Kinsler. "By her compassion … she created an atmosphere of acceptance." A pioneer in the treatment of Holocaust survivors and their offspring, Kinsler died Jan. 26...

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