I am a second generation child. My parents were both survivors of the Shoah. Their families were destroyed, parents, siblings and close family members sent to Auschwitz to their death. From a young age, I could not understand, make sense of life, death, why I was alive, why me? My parents carried their pain like a heavy burden, and that pain was infused into us children together with their love. It was, as I understand today, inescapable. The pain and trauma permeated our whole family system, making for a choppy personal development and difficult interpersonal relationships with my siblings.

We lacked the resources of the greater family system, not only was the chain of generations broken, and the family narrative and memories lost, but we had no grandparents, uncles and aunts to support our parents and provide us with warmth and a sense of perspective.

On my path to life, meditation, trauma healing work and a systemic (family constellation) vision of my family and other key building blocks of my experience provided me with hope, answers and a way out of the pain.

For more details about the project, contact me at: cathy@traumainstitute.org.il.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

We lacked the resources of the greater family system, not only was the chain of generations broken, and the family narrative and memories lost, but we had no grandparents, uncles and aunts to support our parents and provide us with warmth and a sense of perspective.

On my path to life, meditation, trauma healing work and a systemic (family constellation) vision of my family and other key building blocks of my experience provided me with hope, answers and a way out of the pain.

I am a second generation child. My parents were both survivors of the Shoah. Their families were destroyed, parents, siblings and close family members sent to Auschwitz to their death. From a young age, I could not understand, make sense of life, death, why I was alive, why me? My parents carried their pain like a heavy burden, and that pain was infused into us children together with their love. It was, as I understand today, inescapable. The pain and trauma permeated our whole family system, making for a choppy personal development and difficult interpersonal relationships with my siblings.

We lacked the resources of the greater family system, not only was the chain of generations broken, and the family narrative and memories lost, but we had no grandparents, uncles and aunts to support our parents and provide us with warmth and a sense of perspective.