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I Am Starting to Facilitate A New Second Generation Group in Manhattan

Children of Holocaust Survivors have grown up in families that were different from other families. Our parents were very different from one another, they came from different countries, backgrounds, and families, but they all survived inconceivable catastrophic experiences and shared certain characteristics as a result of such traumatic histories.

What our parents experienced before we were born impacted the way their children developed, to varying degrees. Children sense their parents’ suffering through implicit and explicit interactions in family life. Awareness to the suffering instilled an inordinate concern in the children for the well-being of their parents, and thus influencing many aspects of the children’s life as well as their way of relating to others. Survivor parents and their children have also shown unique strengths and resiliencies, and it is important to become fully aware of these and to maximize our use of them in current situations and relationships.

Working with 2GNYC, I will facilitate a new group for Second Generation in NYC. Sessions will be held on April 7, May 5, June 9, August 18, and September 8, taking place at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University, located at 7 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003. For more information, and to register for the program, please click on the image below:

Irit Felsen


  1. Elisa Stern says

    Hooray! This is great news!!!!!

  2. Wow will be great. I am so blessed to have you in my life. Jean

  3. Adele Hochhauser says

    This is great!
    However, are you aware that June 9 is the first day of the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot?

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. says

      Hi Adele,
      Thank you for pointing out this issue! I have alerted the organizers to
      it and asked for a different date.

      Thank you very much,
      Irit Felsen

  4. Cheryl Skura says

    Looking forward to be part of this group.

  5. sherry Sztul says

    I am interested in your program. Please advise of dates and places.

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. says

      Glad to hear of your interest. Additional information can be found by clicking on the image at the bottom of the blog post, which will take you to the page for registering, etc.

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