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Psychological Symptoms of the Nazi Heritage: Introduction to the German Edition

A central concern in psychotherapy is dealing with one's own history and with the individual and collective development which extends across generations: Who am I? Where do I come from? What influences have marked me? In this effort, psychotherapy today must deal with the rupture in civilization of our Nazi past. In confronting our own history and that of our parents and grandparents, we can feel the hole in our own identity even if we were born after the events. How can we regard a house as our own and settle down comfortably in it when we know there is a corpse in the cellar? What are our possibilities for personal integration or integrity if we do not split off much that is sinister and ominous and bracket it out of our consciousness?