Trauma: The Strange Heirloom Passed Down to Children of Holocaust Survivors - Remembrance Week 2016

Lest we forget, the children of the survivors, both second and third generation, were impacted by the events of their parents' and grandparents' lives. Research shows that trauma can be transmitted from one generation to the next.
By: Bridgeross
When Their Memories Became Mine
When Their Memories Became Mine
TORONTO - Oct. 11, 2016 - PRLog -- Psychotherapist Pearl Goodman, the author of When Their Memories Became Mine: Moving Beyond My Parents' Past, writes about the trials, tribulations and triumph over trauma. She shows how the trauma that her parents endured both as survivors of the Holocaust and as immigrants to a new and strange country, affected both her and her brother and she writes about how she herself managed to work through those effects.

She weaves her parents' traumatic fragments during WW2 into the events of her own life in Toronto, and through that process gains perspective, understanding and hope. This past June, Ms Goodman presented at the Trauma Talks Conference offered by Women's College Hospital, Toronto. The purpose of that conference was to provide research and information on trauma-informed care. Ms Goodman's presentation dealt with how trauma is transmitted intergenerationally, based on her memoir When Their Memories Became Mine: Moving Beyond My Parents' Past.

Dr. Yael Danieli, Clinical psychologist and Director, Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, New York, NY, said, "With a keen attention to detail, Pearl Goodman deftly weaves her parents' tragic stories and their aftermath, Canadian realities, and her own, to reveal how legacies of traumatic experiences are lived out from generation to generation. A compelling and insightful read."

Author Kathy Page said, "When Their Memories Became Mine is a moving first-hand account of the way trauma passes from one generation to the next, and how a child of survivors has risen to the difficult task of excavating and articulating a family history that is both intensely personal and historically relevant."

Not only should we remember the Holocaust and the horror that it inflicted on so many people as we are doing in Holocaust Education Week this November, but we should also recognize that the impact extended to subsequent generations. Ms Goodman is available for interviews, panel discussions, talks on the transmission of trauma, and book talks.

For more information about Ms Goodman and her book, visit

When Their Memories Became Mine: Moving Beyond My Parents' Past ISBN 978-1927637258, 278 pages, is distributed by Ingram and is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo and in all e-book formats.

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