Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Rena Lipiner Katz, Author, “A Life Inherited: Unraveling the Trauma of a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor”
About Harvey's guest:
Today’s guest, Rena Lipiner Katz, has written a compelling and insightful book about a subject that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s a memoir entitled, “A Life Inherited: Unraveling the Trauma of a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor”.
Born in New York and raised by parents whose lives were irrevocably shaped by the trauma they endured during World War 2, she grew up in the shadow of the atrocities of the Holocaust. It’s well known that the terror that Holocaust survivors experienced, delivered to MY generation, an overabundance of fear and anxiety, and a predisposition to feel stress.
Our guest grew up believing that the price of her parents’ survival, and indeed, of her own birth, was a life of sorrow, anxiety and guilt. In her book, she explores how her parents’ childhood trauma as Holocaust victims, fundamentally shaped her emotional and physiological development. She chronicles her journey and her determination to forge a life separate from the legacy of the Holocaust, which she refers to as her “scorched birthright”. But in order to do that, she had to first understand how her vicarious absorption of her parents’ horrific experiences during the war, impacted her world view, her relationships, and the myriad of choices she made as a child, wife and mother.
She shares with us, in a very personal way, what it means to be a 2nd generation Holocaust survivor, and how she unravelled and ultimately healed the trauma of her inherited past, and eventually triumphed over tragedy and despair, and found a life filled with meaning, peace of mind and love.
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