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Historical Trauma: The Intergenerational Transmission of Suffering

An interesting article (click this link) about the way in which famine, wars, slavery and persecution affect the descendants of those who were persecuted. Interestingly, this paper focuses primarily on non-Jewish populations that were exposed to traumatic conditions and on the effects that were passed down the generations in such groups.

               Irit Felsen


  1. Dorothy Jolley says

    Thank you for your work on this interesting subject. My doctoral dissertation encompassed Historical Trauma (HT) that results in Contemporary trauma and T2DM among American Indian/Alaska Native Women. I am from South Africa and experienced Apartheid most of my life. I immigrated to the USA and redid my education. Indeed, this was an eye-opener for me since I thought I was leaving a history of discrimination and hatred behind me. The sad thing about HT is the occurrence among AI/ANs appears daily to this day. I am a doctor in health psychology. I applaud your work and would like to know more about the subject.

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. says

      Dear Dorothy,

      Thank you for your comment and for the interest in my work. I feel it is an important issue that has a profound impact on multiple generations. I would be very interested in your dissertation, if you could direct me to it!

      With kind regards,


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