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CLINICAL EDUCATION MEETINGS - Beyond the Stick Figures: My journey to my parents’ hometowns in Poland Seventy Years After the Holocaust
CLINICAL EDUCATION MEETINGS
Evelyn Berger Hartman, Ph.D.
Beyond the Stick Figures: My journey to my parents’ hometowns in Poland Seventy Years After the Holocaust
“I thought I would never go to Poland, where my mother and father’s entire family except for one brother were slaughtered…”
As psychoanalysts, we know that trauma and its intergenerational aftermath do not become integrated or comprehended in a linear, organized way. Two summers ago, my brother and I traveled to our parents’ hometowns in Poland and the Ukraine, seventy years after the Holocaust. With only a few addresses in hand, we went on a scavenger hunt of sorts, searching for places in my parents’ world that are no more. In this paper I explore the transformative nature of my trip and offer reflections from my work that have been part of my journey.
Evelyn Berger Hartman, PhD is Faculty, Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. She is on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She is also on the faculty of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She has taught and published articles on the subjects of Freud, Dreams and Psychodynamics of Love.