Yesterday, a seminar was held for social workers, therapists, and caregivers from Jewish communities in the Czech Republic. The lecturer was Peter Pogany-Wnendt, a physician and psychotherapist based in Cologne, who spoke about the transmission of trauma, its manifestations in everyday life, and the behavior of survivors and descendants of persecuted persons, who carry with them the often-unprocessed experience of their parents’ persecution during the Holocaust. In the afternoon workshop, participants shared their own experiences. We thank Peter for his very personal approach, and all the participants for their openness, it was enriching for all of us.
We thank the Jewish Museum for providing the space, and we thank the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, the Claims Conference, and the Public Benefit Society for the Support of Persons Affected by the Holocaust for financial support of the seminar.