Germans, Poles and Jews
healing an 80-year-old collective trauma at the border
Previously presented at the Gould Center
Susan S. Berger, Psy.D.
Friday Night Papers
April 3rd, 6-8pm
IPTAR, Conference Room
Dr. Berger will depict events in Berlin and Zbaszyn, Poland commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the “Polenaktion,” the October 1938 deportation of 9,000 Polish-born German-Jewish men across the border to Poland. Zbaszyn is the border town — with a population of 5,500 — that responded compassionately to the overwhelming influx of refugees. The traumatic events of 1938 are commemorated there intergenerationally in a way that preserves the importance and meaning of that response. In Berlin, there was also a commemoration, which included current members of the German government acknowledging the actions of the Third Reich and its impact as a part of their history. Attendance at both of these extraordinary events included Germans, Poles, and descendants of those deported in 1938.
Susan S. Berger is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist working with Adults, Children and Adolescents, a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at IPTAR’s Training Program in Adult Psychoanalysis and a member of the Gould Center Steering Committee. Dr. Berger is a former Co-Director of IPTAR’s Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program and has written about Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma, including as it pertains to the Holocaust.
- Participants will become familiar with the related events and significance of the Polenaktion.
- Participants will become familiar with the development and organization of the commemorations in both Zbaszyn and Berlin and gain understanding of collective trauma.
- Participants will develop a greater understanding of the intergenerational impact of the Polenaktion.
Teaching Method: Lecture and Discussion
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25.00 CE & General Admission Ticket
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