Inheriting Genocide

On February 7th, I attended a symposium at the Museum of Tolerance here in Los Angeles.

Much of what I heard from clinicians, researchers, and survivors seemed to apply to a wide range of survivors, including generations affected by historical trauma.

It resonated with me personally as well as what I’ve experienced working with asylum seekers at the Program for Torture Victims and through my artistic work with ImaginAction, an international organization dedicated to promoting social justice and community healing through the arts, especially through theater. I decided to write up some of my responses to the symposium for the ImaginAction website.

This may be of interest to some of you who follow this blog and so here’s a link to the first, introductory installment: Intergenerational Trauma.

In the months that follow, I’ll let you know when new installments are posted.

Part 2: Conspiracy of Silence.

Part 3: Surviving Survival .

Part 4: Theories of Transmission .

Part 5: Childhood Amnesia.

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3 Responses to “Inheriting Genocide”

  1. Carol A. Hand Says:

    Thank you for sharing such important insights and questions about the baggage survivors and perpetrators of genocide carry, Diane. I often wonder how survivors of the holocaust could subject Palestinians to such brutality and oppression, and then I remember Colin Turnbull’s study of the Ik (described in his book “The Mountain People”). Not all people can transcend suffering as Viktor Frankl did and turn it into compassion and healing. The work you do helps open up possibilities.

  2. desilef Says:

    The treatment of Palestinians makes me at times crazy, other times in despair. (How can Israelis get over their trauma while politicians for their own purposes keep amping up fear? I guess it’s easy to get terrified people to see no moral problem in preemptive strike and violent subjugation. Horrific. And how to excuse the US being 100% complicit?)

    I was just looking again at The Mountain People, and thinking about how difficult it was for Turnbull to see what was happening among the Ik after his idealized experience of The Forest People.

    Humankind. I am grateful for the company of my cat.

  3. Carol A. Hand Says:

    I share your gratitude for non-human companions. 🙂

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