80 Years Later: Will History Repeat Itself?
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.”
I want to draw your attention to the upcoming PCCA conference in Cyprus, Sept. 11th – 16th.
Until these days, and specifically in many parts of Europe today, we think that the fallout of the Holocaust is still potentially 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 ad 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, in many European countries the burden of the split in the population during the war is felt until today, and the inhabitants of the “Bloodlands”, such as Poland, Baltic States, Ukraine, Russia and others carry the impact of communism and oppressive cruel regimes.
Next year the conference members meet again in Cyprus, 25 years after the first of the so called Nazareth conferences (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazareth-Conferences). We consider that the beginning of the conference series in 1994 took place in a period of relative optimism. Now, we are witnessing the disturbing resurgence of neo-Nazism, Antisemitism, xenophobia racial intolerance, Fascism ad 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 conference by PCCA aims to explore the impact of past traumas on the present. It is relevant for 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.
The 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.
Dorothee von Tippelskirch-Eissing
Chairperson of PCCA e.V.