Das heikle Erbe der letzten Kriegsgeneration

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Senfft schreibt von der großen Schwierigkeit, jener Generation gerecht zu werden, die den Zweiten Weltkrieg und den Holocaust selbst nicht zu verantworten hatte, sich aber vom „destruktiven Erbe“ ihrer Eltern kaum gelöst hätte. Die entmachteten Frauen, die abwesenden Väter und die „parentifizierten Kinder“, die als Mütter und Väter ihrer eigenen Eltern funktionierten, hinterließen in vielen Familiengeschichten verheerende Muster wie „Selbstkasteiung, Gefühlskälte, Abwertungsrhetorik, rigorose Erziehungsmethoden, unsoziales Verhalten oder politisch extremistische Haltungen“.

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How the children of Nazi Germany remember World War Two

A new book has gathered the memories of ‘Kriegskinder’, next to portraits of them as they are now. Photographer Frederike Helwig reveals how they remember childhoods in Nazi Germany. In her foreword, Senfft acknowledges how collective silence can infect wider groups. «Research … has shown that trauma and severe stress can be hereditary; that which is not dealt with can be passed on to the next generation.» And it leaches out beyond the family. «What is not brought to light and engaged with individually and within the family finds its way into society and politics.»
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Suppressed memories of war in Frederike Helwig’s Kriegskinder

»Everyone portrayed [in Kriegskinder] had the courage to face the camera and tell his
or her story, to literally show him- or herself as Kriegskind,« writes Senfft.
»Their narratives are predominantly anecdotal, with different levels of reflection.
Traumas or transgenerational effects are rarely talked about, mirroring the silence
that is common til today. The readers and viewers are therefore asked to read between
the lines, to look the protagonists in the eye.«
British Journal of Photography 12/2017
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