Psychological Trauma and the Transmission of Trauma

January 27, 2011 JCC in Manhattan

We thank all who joined us for this important screening and discussion with Amira Kohn-Trattner.

We watched The Summer of Aviyah, based on the autobiography of Gila Almagor. The film is set in the young Jewish State shortly after the end of the Shoah. The movie chronicles one summer in the life of a ten year old girl, Aviyah, who is visiting her mother during summer break from boarding school.

Aviyah is desperately trying to reconnect with her and learn about her family's tragic past, only to witness her mother's progressive descent into mental illness.

Following the film, we discussed the survivors after the war - the struggle to regain a semblance of normality in the face of utter destruction, the search for those lost and fantasies of their sudden return that alternate with the longing for closure, the wish to know and yet not to know the past, and the search for continuity when the fabric of meaning and memory is ripped asunder on both an individual and collective basis.

We also thank our co-sponsors: the JCC in Manhattan and The German Consulate General in New York.

About the speaker:

Amira Kohn-Trattner, L.C.S.W., is an Israeli-born psychotherapist/psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. Amira works with individuals and couples and has extensive experience with survivors, 2nd and 3rd generation.

She has been a consultant to the German government in restitution cases as an advocate to survivors and volunteered at international conferences for the US Holocaust Museum and the Shoah Foundation.