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