If ever you’ve got half an hour to spare and feel like peering deeply into “intergenerationally transmitted” persecution mania, then this is the ‘must read’ for you.
This kind of psycho-babble has been deployed in the defence of Jews arrested, charged and convicted of ‘hate-crime’ hoaxes perpetrated “to alert the world to on-going anti-semitism....” (In regard to that kind of activity, check out the work of the non-political American academic Laird Wilcox at: http://www.lairdwilcox.com/ .)
Meanwhile, go to:
Baycrest - Vol 7, Winter 2007.
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma
from Holocaust Survivors to their Children
by Diane Harvery, Toronto
The Holocaust had and still has a deep effect on the children of survivors. “They grew up in the shadow of psychic conflicts stemming from bereavement, mourning, guilt feelings and anxiety, which often resulted in overprotection and over expectation.”
(Wardi, 1992, p.x)
During their childhood, children of Holocaust survivors or 2nd generation survivors, as they have come to be known, have been the unwitting recipients of their parent’s trauma. Survivor parents have unconsciously transmitted onto their children much of their own traumas, as well as investing them with all their memories and hopes.
The study of transgenerational transmission of the Holocaust trauma is full of complexities. It becomes almost impossible to precisely understand what kind of parents, having experienced what kinds of trauma, at what age, and in which context, will transmit what kinds of message, in what ways, to what kinds of children, and with what consequences (Gottschalk, 2003). There are common sensitivities that all 2nd generation survivors feel including: the desire to protect their parents; feelings of mourning and loss; not wanting to be a burden to their parents; heightened sensitivity to suffering people in general; and, prevalent feelings of guilt and anxiety.