CLINICAL EDUCATION MEETINGS - Witnessing the Crimes of our Grandparents: Memory, Denial and Responsibility After the Holocaust
CLINICAL EDUCATION MEETINGS
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
What does it mean to discover a Nazi past in one's own family? This was a discovery Ineither wanted nor asked for and yet, in a moment defined by chance and circumstance itbecame an irrefutable reality. Recognition of my German grandfather's support for theNazi regime led to a host of questions about the nature of memory, its transmission, anddissociation. What lurks in the silences that are passed down between generations? Howdoes our collective response to history's atrocities shape what we what we know and donot know, see and do not see? What do I tell my children and what does it teach us aboutthe responsibility to remember? Any answer to these questions, I believe, points to thecomplexity of memory and the ethical demands of history in this time of societal crises.
Roger Frie, Ph.D. Psy.D. R.Psych. is a psychoanalyst, philosopher and historian and willspeak on the topic of his two new books, Not in My Family: German Memory andResponsibility After the Holocaust (Oxford, 2017) and History Flows Through Us:Germany, the Holocaust and the Importance of Empathy (Routledge, 2017). He isfaculty, supervisor and graduate of the William Alanson White Institute, Professor ofEducation at Simon Fraser University and Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at theUniversity of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is also co-editor of Psychoanalysis, Selfand Context and Editorial Board Member of Contemporary Psychoanalysis,Psychoanalytic Psychology, and Psychoanalytic Discourse.