We have used these interviews and findings about intergenerational trauma to create and conduct an in-depth four-part training program for therapists working with veterans and their families that build upon our findings around intergenerational trauma. We are converting this training content into on-line credit-bearing webinars to broaden the impact and extend the reach of TTP findings.
Our first book, Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience, and Clinical Implications in Survivor Families (Routledge 2012), presented our research findings and their clinical applications. We identified prewar and postwar key components that survivors used to reconstruct their lives. Our second book, Narrative Reflections: How Witnessing Their Stories Changes our Lives (Hamilton books, 2013), depicts poignant personal reflections by mental health professionals in response to reading the interviews. Our third book, currently in manuscript form, focuses on survivor stories of resilience.
We also hope to write about patterns across the entire sample of 50 intergenerational families we interviewed when we have the resources. We have over 130 in-depth psychosocial life histories of the children of the survivors we interviewed and 40 interviews of the grandchildren of these survivors. Through these we can expand our understanding of the impact of the Holocaust on coping and on resilience in the second and third generations. Now in their 20s and 30s, the Holocaust survivor grandchildren are grappling with identity formation, establishing intimate relations, and having children. Analyzing their lives through our archive of interviews will reveal the impact of the intergenerational transmission of trauma and legacy and inform trauma treatment approaches for groups experiencing catastrophic events here and around the world.
TTP Archive at Yad Vashem – Coming in 2016
TTP Archive at Temple’s Special Collections Research Center – Coming in 2016