JFS offered “Impact of Trauma from Generation to Generation,” a series of Zoom presentations featuring Dr. Irit Felsen. During the series Dr. Felsen, an internationally recognized expert in the field of intergenerational trauma and herself a child of Holocaust survivors, presented to interested members of the our community as well as professionals who work with trauma survivors and their children.
Close to 100 people attended the first session on December 3, “Through the Lens of the Holocaust: Trauma and Intergenerational Trauma.” Dr. Felsen described how survivors of the Holocaust suffer not only from the trauma of their war time experiences, they also suffer from the subsequent trauma of living with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) for many, many years after the original trauma. Trauma is then experienced by the next generation as they suffer the consequences of living in a family dominated by their parent’s PTSD. Much of the research and knowledge in this field of intergenerational trauma comes from research with Holocaust survivors.