This week we have the enormous pleasure and privilege to welcome Dr Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Holocaust survivor and successful cellist, and her daughter Maya Lasker-Wallfisch, a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Author and educator, specialising in transgenerational trauma to our In Conversation Live with Professor Sir Simon Wessely and Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones.
Born in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) in 1925, Dr Anita Lasker-Wallfisch was the youngest of three sisters, she was eight years old when the Nazis came to power in 1933. By 1942 Anita’s parents were deported and murdered by the Nazis. Anita and Renate (her middle sister) were arrested by the Gestapo.
Anita and Renate were sent to separate jails and only met up again later, at Auschwitz. In late 1944, both were sent to the Bergen-Belsen camp, liberated by British troops in April 1945. In 1946 she emigrated to England, founded the English Chamber Orchestra and toured extensively.
Nearly five decades later Anita made her first trip back to Germany. she continues to lecture and pursues an inter-generational dialogue with young people.
Maya Lasker-Wallfisch lives and works between London and Berlin as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Author and educator. She has an interest in working with people whose lives have been impacted by the Holocaust and other displacement trauma. In her memoirs named Letter to Breslau, Maya offers a unique exploration of the impact of the Holocaust on three generations of her family.
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