Join us for our Jewish Education Program’s second season of Echoes of the Holocaust, a communal conversation focusing on the voices of contemporary scholars, writers, and artists as they reflect on the relationship between Holocaust history and the present.
For nearly a decade, Rachael Cerrotti and Julie Lindahl have been on a journey into their grandparent's separate pasts. Julie, author of The Pendulum, carried an immense sense of shame and felt drawn to explore her grandparents’ past as Nazi perpetrators and her own responsibility as someone who inherited the trauma of this dark legacy. Rachael, writer, photographer, and educator, was immersed in the study of grief and resilience as she explored her own grandmother’s displacement, retracing her steps as a Jewish refugee during World War II. Brought together by unforeseen circumstances, Julie and Rachael explore what it means to carry grief and share the weight of a heavy past, and how to turn shame into responsibility and grief into action.
In the short film, “Beyond Sides of History,” each shares how their separate journeys into a place of deep suffering led them to emerge with new understandings of what it means to remember and to forget. Then in a follow-up communal conversation — co-facilitated by Facing History staff and Dr. Anna Ornstein — Julie and Rachael will invite us to explore the power of connection and the ability to create new memories out of a morally complex past.
Dr. Anna Ornstein, psychiatrist, scholar, author and Holocaust survivor, is a renowned expert on psychological trauma and memory and will facilitate the conversation.
"Beyond Sides of History", is a 2017 documentary series featuring the intertwined stories of Rachael Cerrotti and Julie Lindahl. WBUR -90.9FM was recently awarded The Associated Press Media Editor's Award for Excellence and Innovation in Storytelling and the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation in conjunction with this series.
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