a virtual book event
January 13-20, 2010
stories by and about women
SAVE the DATE for this virtual book event: January 13-20
One of the guest authors for the event is Leila Levinson who has written...
The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator
Discovers a Legacy of Trauma
by Leila Levinson
Levinson – award-winning author and founder of the site VeteransChildren.com – wrote Gated Grief on an Ella Cabot Lyman research grant. Part research, part memoir, Gated Grief is a StoryCorps-esque collection of interviews from WWII veterans who liberated Holocaust camps, and the children of those veterans.
When Levinson’s father -- a GI surgeon and camp liberator during WWII -- came home from the war, he had seen far, far too much. But he never discussed his trauma at home, nor was there a term (now called PTSD) for his invisible wounds. Later in life, Levinson herself suffered sever adult onset depression, which made her wonder: Was there a link?
Gated Grief examines the way war veterans’ trauma gets passed down to veterans’ children. This is a book designed to spark dialogue and begin the PTSD healing process for veterans and their families. Next year, in 2011, all of the Iraq War soldiers will be coming home – making Gated Grief and urgent and timely read.
Watch Leila Levinson discuss PTSD and her book here.
Please note: Gated Grief does contain Holocaust images that may be disturbing to sensitive readers. Levinson will be going on a national tour this Spring for trauma centers, Holocaust museums, and bookstores; please check her events page, being updated daily, if you are interested in attending a talk.
Open to all.
Offer ends: January 30, 2011
Read this Washington Post interview with Leila.
1. Ask author, Leila, a question in regards to something you found of interest from the interview or something related to the topic in comments along with your email.
2. Come back during the Women's Tales event next month to read Leila's response.
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INSTEAD, tell me something of interest you learned from Leila's site.
Contest has ended - winner is here
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