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Germans and Jews: Facing the Legacy of the Holocaust Together

The Living Arts Counseling Center & Healing the Wounds of History

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A Workshop for Descendants of Holocaust Survivors
Post-World War II Germans

Facing the Legacy of the Holocaust Together

–103 Years After World War I

–94 Years After the Hitler Putsch 

–79 Years after “Kristallnacht” (The Night of Broken Glass)

–73 Years After the Liberation of Auschwitz & the End of WWII

–28 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Healing the Wounds of History logo

We take steps to transform our collective historical inheritance

Since 1989, both in Germany, France and in the United States, psychotherapist and drama therapist, Armand Volkas, has brought together Germans of the post-World War II generations (many whose ancestors were Nazis) and descendants of Holocaust survivors, recognizing their mutual need to transform the pain of a shared historical legacy. Through a process of dialogue, personal storytelling, expressive arts and other therapeutic approaches, participants have discovered the surprising ways in which their attitudes, wounds and yearnings are echoed by each other. 

Who is Invited to Participate?

First, second and third generation descendants of Holocaust survivors and The Third Reich who want to explore the impact of their legacies and take steps towards healing generational trauma in their lives. 

About Healing the Wounds of History

Healing the Wounds of History integrates intercultural conflict transformation, healing generational trauma and commemoration with the expressive arts. Founded in 1989 by Armand Volkas, Healing the Wounds of History has brought together Palestinians and Israelis, Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Armenians and Turks, Tamil and Singhalese, Indigenous Canadians and the descendants of white settlers, and other polarized groups to transform the pain of shared historical legacies into constructive action.  


Facilitated by
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

Gesine Wenzel, MFT

Workshop Dates:
Sunday, January 28, 2018

9:30 am – 5:30 pm

The Living Arts Counseling Center
1265 65th Street

Sliding Scale $70 to $100


For more information contact:
(510) 595-5500, Ext 11

About the Facilitators:

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
Psychotherapist, Drama Therapist and Theatre Director


Armand is the Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center, a psychotherapist and drama therapist in private practice and Associate Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies. He is Director of Healing the Wounds of History and The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble. Armand has developed innovative programs using theatre and other expressive arts for social change, intercultural conflict transformation and healing generational trauma.
Contact: (510) 595-5500, Ext 11,


Gesine Wenzel, MFT
Somatic Psychotherapist and Coach

Gesine is a somatic psychotherapist and coach based in Oakland, California. Born and raised in Northern Germany, she came to the Bay Area in 2007 and engaged deeply with the Healing the Wound of History Project. Trained in generative somatics, Hakomi and energy work, she trusts the body as a location for change and healing. Gesine has spent a lot of time thinking, feeling and researching emotional accountability, how the German legacy is held in the individual and in the collective psyche, and what it takes to emotionally and psychologically integrate the moral trauma of collective perpetration.
Contact: gesinewenzel.therapy@gmail.com


January 28

| $70 - $100


January 28
$70 - $100
Event Category:


Armand Volkas
(510) 595-5500, Ext 11

More Details

Session Dates & Times
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Additional Information
9:30 am to 5:30 pm


The Living Arts Counseling Center
1265 65th Street
Emeryville, 94608 United States
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(510) 595-5500, Ext 11