chapter  9
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Psychological Witnessing of My Mother’s Holocaust Testimony: George Halasz

ByGEORGE HALASZ

After the Black Saturday bushƒres in Victoria, Australia in February 2009, I was asked how to manage traumatized children. Having struggled for years to come to terms with my own family’s history of Holocaust trauma, I offered two principles: ƒrst, to do no harm; second, to normalize children’s traumatic experiences. When one person asked if I meant that children should be encouraged to forget their losses or that parents should distract them when they spoke of trauma, it became clear that I must explain normalization.