Lost in transmission : studies of trauma across generations by M. Gerard Fromm PDF

By M. Gerard Fromm

A critical thesis of this quantity is that what people can't comprise in their event - what has been traumatically overwhelming, insufferable, unthinkable - falls out of social discourse, yet quite often onto and into the following iteration, as an affective sensitivity or a chaotic urgency. What seems to be a person's symptom may perhaps develop into an emblem - within the context of this booklet, an emblem of an unconscious  Read more...

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2002). September 11 and societal regression. Group Analysis, 35(4): 456–483. CHAPTER TWO The broken chain: legacies of trauma and war Vera Muller-Paisner T he legacy of trauma needs only one moment in time, one moment in history to re-emerge with a different meaning. New associations can reframe the task of transmission to the next generation. Events such as the Holocaust continue to bring to our doorstep new ways of examining trauma, across generations, in different parts of the world, over a span of more than sixty years.

Most Jews who remained after the 1968 purge went underground, along with their tradition. The following generations, unaware of their legacy and the unconscious survival strategies of their parents, became part of the majority, only slightly aware of the “others”: those ethnic out-groups and minorities that make up the unconscious evil identity, which every ego is afraid to resemble. They experienced their THE BROKEN CHAIN: LEGACIES OF TRAUMA AND WAR 23 identities as solid, characterized by the social likeness to others, rooted in the perception of sameness as well as being recognized as such.

D: You know, yesterday I was demonstrating together with other women against the occupation of the territories. When I took part in these demonstrations in the past, people threw tomatoes at us or cursed us. I heard that women who demonstrated were beaten and needed hospitalization. I thought, with the level of violence being so high, there are people who might shoot us. I feel like the Jews at the beginning of the Nazi era, when they were persecuted in the streets. What a mixture of past and present, I thought to myself.

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