Survival—and then…?

Survival—and then…?

While reading a review of A Train in Winter, a new book by Caroline Moorehead about two hundred and thirty women of the French Resistance who endured starvation, disease, abuse, and exposure in the Birkenau concentration camp in 1943, I was struck by this reflection about the forty-nine who survived to see the end of the war:
    

     “Having so badly wanted to live, they found they no longer cared whether they did so or not.”
            In the “flat, empty” years that follow devastating traumas, is there a place so deep, so far away from one’s former self that returning becomes impossible? And yet, and yet…