The Script of Jewish Culture and the Trans-generational Transmission of Traumatic Experience


The author maintains that the diffusion of archetypical and damaging images of the Jews throughout European culture has had serious repercussions both on the formation of the Jewish family script and on that of the individual. The author explains how the painful emotional memories of those who survived persecution or ethnic slaughter can be unknowingly transmitted to children and grandchildren, creating anxiety and a feeling of insecurity in them, and making it difficult for them to put down roots.