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Not in My Family: Memory & Responsibility After the Holocaust


Discussion & Book Signing

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

What if you suddenly discovered a cherished member of your family was a Nazi? How would you make sense of the code of silence that had kept an uncomfortable reality at bay? How would you resolve the wartime suffering of your family with their moral culpability for the Holocaust?

Roger Frie explores the thorny issue of historical memory and intergenerational trauma in his new award winning book Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2017). In an intensely personal confrontation with the Nazi past in his own family, Roger searches for ways to navigate historical traumas and reconcile the memory of his grandfather with the knowledge of his deeds. There will be opportunites for Q&A and discussion at this Banyen lecture & book signing.

• 2018 Western Canada Jewish Book Award (for Holocaust literature)
• 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award (for history)

Roger Frie, PhD, is a registered psychologist and interdisciplinary scholar in the fields of psychoanalysis, philosophy, and history. He publishes and lectures widely on historical trauma, culture, memory, and human interaction. Roger has also edited a collection of essays bringing together historians and psychoanalysts to further examine the dynamics of intergenerational trauma entitled History Flows Through Us: Germany, the Holocaust, and the Importance of Empathy (Routledge, 2018).