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Out of the shadow of the past
The fateful consequences of genocide and political violence are a major and aggrieving topic across the world today. Recent  German history has been marked by the rupture of civilization  in the Holocaust, and its sustained effects on the following generations have been recognized.  As descendants of survivors and perpetrators, accomplices and  followers, we are confronted again and again with the emotionally unresolved experience of the generations of our parents  and grandparents. Their speechlessness in the face of traumatic  events and concealment based on guilt and/or shame that is not  admitted place a heavy burden on the following generations  and can plunge descendants into serious inner conflicts. This  can endanger, again and again, the ability to interact respect- fully with one another. To strengthen and facilitate this ability, we strive to create a  personal and public space where interested persons can (re-) discover a way of speaking about their experience and access- ing their individual and collective histories. Such a space can  promote trust by allowing dialogue and confrontation to unfold  and making new developments possible.

Aims and purposes of the association
The Study Group on Intergenerational Consequences of the Holocaust, formerly PAKH e.V. was founded in 1995 by Jewish and  non-Jewish German members, most of them psychotherapists.  It is open to all persons who are interested in a better understanding of conflicts in the context of politically and individually  motivated violence. It is the explicit aim of the association to counteract, through  personal confrontation and public awareness raising, individual  and collective tendencies toward forgetting the persecution  that took place under National Socialism. Furthermore, the  Study Group defines itself – building on interdisciplinary research and, in particular, on psychoanalytic insights – as an  initiative against the reawakening of xenophobia, ethnically  motivated hate, and anti-Semitism. For several years now, in the course of international encounters  and experience, the association has been engaged with other  initiatives outside of Germany addressing conflict and peace  research, and it continues to cultivate conceptual exchange with  comparable project groups