Life in the shadow of the Holocaust

De Nederlandse Descendants hebben hun contacten over de hele wereld, we reizen en verbinden. Eigenlijk doen we wat Joden al duizenden jaren doen, alleen gaat het vandaag de dag wat makkelijker en sneller. In dit bericht vragen we uw aandacht voor een Amerikaanse psychologe, Irit Felsen, die veel werkt met 2G en 3G. U vindt onderaan het bericht een verwijzing naar haar website. Mocht u eens langer in New York verblijven of gewoon willen weten wat er in de VS ‘ te koop’ is voor de 2G dan bezoek haar website maar eens. Er is altijd meer dan in Nederland te vinden, al is het maar omdat het land wat uitgestrekter is en er meer Joden wonen. :))


2GNYC, together with Dr. Irit Felsen, is pleased to present a discussion series on the subject of growing up as part of the Second Generation, offering participants a unique opportunity for open, safe exchange about shared and varied experiences that are part of the legacy of the Holocaust.

“Children of Holocaust Survivors have grown up in families that were different from other families. Our parents were very different from one another, they came from different countries, backgrounds, and families, but they all survived inconceivable catastrophic experiences and shared certain characteristics as a result of such traumatic histories.What our parents experienced before we were born impacted the way their children developed, to varying degrees. Children sense their parents’ suffering through implicit and explicit interactions in family life. Awareness to the suffering instilled an inordinate concern in the children for the well-being of their parents, and thus influencing many aspects of the children’s life as well as their way of relating to others. Survivor parents and their children have also shown unique strengths and resiliencies, and it is important to become fully aware of these and to maximize our use of them in current situations and relationships.” — Irit Felsen

Dr. Felsen, herself a child of Survivors, whose clinical work and research have been focused on Holocaust survivors and their families, will tailor the discussion topics according to suggested areas of interest identified by the participants, present a brief lecture, and then encourage active group participation. Each of the five sessions, building on the last, will focus on one or more of the following sub-topics: the effects on family life, relationships with siblings, with parents throughout life, and relationships with adult children (the third generation) and spouses. Common characteristics and concerns expressed by the participants will be contemplated, with a focus on current ways in which our unique legacy impacts our sense of who we are and the quality of our relationships with those around us. Unique characteristics of the second generation, which are both strengths and vulnerabilities, will be highlighted with the aim of increasing awareness of the ways in which we can mobilize them to enhance our personal well being as well as our relationships.

For more information about Dr. Felsen, please go to:

Meetings will take place at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University, located at 7 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003.

Session Dates: April 7, May 5, June 9, August 18, and September 8
Session Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Registration fee: $75.00 (total for all five sessions)

We regret that we will be unable to offer this series without a minimum number of 25 registered participants.

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