80 Years Later: Will History Repeat Itself?

2019-09-11 – 2019-09-16

Looking Back, Moving Forward

The Fallout of The Holocaust Over Those Affected - A PCCA Experiential Conference in the "Nazareth" Series

Forest Park Hotel, Cyprus, September 11-16, 2019


“The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

William Faulkner

Eighty years after the onset of WWII, the fallout of the Holocaust is still potently afflicting individuals and nations, determining anxieties, modes of coping, national and international dynamics and interpersonal relationships.

As second, third, and now fourth generation of perpetrators and victims, we are the objects of the transgenerational transmission of the collective and personal traumas of WWII and the Holocaust, of communist dictatorships and their radioactive fallout.

Jews and Israelis carry the burden of the Holocaust, Germans carry the burden of Nazi inheritance, the inhabitants of the “Bloodlands”, such as Poland, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia and others carry the impact of communism and oppressive cruel regimes.

Twenty-five years ago, we launched the first Nazareth Conference: "Germans and Israelis, the Past in the Present." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazareth-Conferences) The relative optimism that prevailed at that time has given room to a world in flux: we are witnessing the disturbing resurgence of neo-Nazism, Antisemitism, xenophobia, racial intolerance, Fascism and authoritarianism, a return to tribalism and "me -first" mentality. As a result, we are embroiled in seemingly unstoppable cycles of inter-group hatred and violence.

Are we doomed to repeat these destructive patterns endlessly, or is it possible to engage with the legacy of the past in a way that may lead to a better and more hopeful future? 

This experiential conference, the twelfth in this series, offers a unique space for exploring this question in relation to our world today through the combined lens ofpsychoanalytic understanding and Group Relations approach.

This conference by PCCA aims to explore the impact of past traumas on the present.It is relevant to anyone afflicted by these past events, who recognizes the importance of getting out from under their radioactive influence and doing it in the presence of the Other.

This conference is intended for all who suffer from the impact of such enmities or are troubled by them, and want to work, through their own experience, towards understanding – rather than surrendering to – the sinister forces involved. The hope is that this may open the way to moving forward. 

PCCA (http://www.p-cca.org/), has a long-standing tradition in applying Group Relations methods to study societal issues - German and Israeli, Palestinians, West and East Europeans and others globally - through the experience of conference participants, assisted by experienced international staff.

Mira Erlich-Ginor, Conference Director

Ort: Cyprus