Topic & Description
The Invisible Weight: How to Deal with a Trauma You Didn’t Even Experience
Bring up the Holocaust in a conversation and you’ll often hear, “That was so long ago. It’s over. It’s history.”
But to descendants of Holocaust survivors, it’s anything but. What most people don’t realize is that the children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren of those who survived the Holocaust live with the invisible weight of a trauma they didn’t experience first-hand—every single day of their lives. In a time when anti-Semitism is back in fashion, understanding the phenomenon of intergenerational trauma has never been more important. What’s more, with the time when all eyewitnesses to the Holocaust will be gone fast approaching, the second- and third-generation (2Gs and 3Gs) must be able to speak about their families’ experiences—but many cannot today because they have not processed their own trauma.
In this talk, you’ll learn how:
• Intergenerational trauma can appear psychologically and physically
• Writing about trauma can be a path to understanding, processing and healing
• Stopping the cycle of transmission is imperative
Emily Wanderer Cohen is an international bestselling author, speaker, coach, and intergenerational trauma expert who helps trauma survivors and their descendants heal and live fuller lives. A second-generation Holocaust survivor, she knows what it feels like to live with transmitted trauma and has helped hundreds of clients, including second- and third-generation Holocaust survivors; sexual, spousal, and child abuse survivors; and other severe trauma survivors, move forward with their lives as she did. Emily is the author of “From Generation to Generation: Healing Intergenerational Trauma Through Storytelling” and has been featured on BBC Radio, The Huffington Post, The Forward, and Kveller as well as on numerous podcasts that focus on trauma, entrepreneurship, and Jewish issues.
A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Emily spent nearly three decades in Silicon Valley as a corporate communications executive, working with some of the biggest names in technology. After hearing from numerous other second-gens (2Gs) that her story was their story too, Emily decided to make healing others her legacy. Emily’s keen listening and communication skills, as well as her innate ability to uncover the “big a-ha” from even the most technical of engineers, enable her to connect with her clients and help them heal.