I'm Sorry | May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

September 1, 2014 10:34 PM

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Many years ago I viewed a documentary on a PBS channel that addressed the effects of the Holocaust on the second generation, children born of concentration camp survivors. Much has been written and studied on the effects on the second and even third generation of survivors of the Holocaust. The secondary wounding of offspring of trauma survivors, whether they be survivors of war, concentration camp or childhood trauma are well documented.

It must have been in the mid '80s that I watched a PBS documentary on the relationship between adult children and their parents, Holocaust survivors all. It was fascinating and heartbreaking. Engraved on my memory over the intervening decades is one scene in particular.

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