Communication and creativity as ways to bring about change.
BOOK: In My Grandfather's Shadow
The true story of three generations knotted together by events that took place in Nazi Germany: a grandfather who was a decorated general on the Eastern Front, her German-born mother and Angela herself.
In a rare confluence of memoir, psychology and historical detective story, Findlay's account of her unflinching quest for the truth about her grandfather breaks through the silence surrounding not only many of the Second World War's perpetrators but also its victims. In My Grandfather's Shadow explores the heritability of unresolved experiences. It questions deeply held perceptions of good and bad and uncovers the lesser-known history of the war's losers, their post-war culture of apology and atonement and the lingering legacy of shame – lessons that continue to be of huge relevance to humanity in the twenty-first century.
IN MY GRANDFATHERS SHADOW IS PUBISHED BY PENGUIN TRANSWORLD AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MID-JULY 2022.
FACING THE PAST TO LIBERATE THE PRESENT
‘Deeply moving, thought-provoking, brave, honest, articulate and truly enlightening....’
Based on her own research into her Anglo-German roots and Germany’s little-known process of coming to terms with its Nazi past, Angela describes the growing awareness of intergenerational trauma and the inheritability of unresolved emotions such as guilt or shame. Though such a journey into a dark past can be painful, she highlights the intensely healing nature of talking about difficult histories.
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Angela Findlay is an Anglo-German artist and public speaker who has spent much of her career teaching art in prisons. Her time ‘behind bars’ in Germany and later as Arts Co-ordinator for the London-based Koestler Arts charity informed her research into the intergenerational consequences of unresolved trauma, guilt and shame. More informationRead More
Friday October 7th Doors Open at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start – £15 for seat at Seed Factory – Includes glass of wine and small eats! £5 for a Zoom Ticket! Growing up in England, Angela felt an overbearing sense of guilt and her own ‘badness’. When she eventually makes the connection to…Read More
This online training took place on 26th September 2022 and explored how to develop a Shame Informed approach when working with groups or individuals. Shame can often be at the root of disruptive behaviours and by understanding how to recognise and safely work with shame it is possible to transform how you support the groups…Read More
Join Angela Findlay as she discusses the process of coming to terms with her grandfather’s wartime service in the German Arym and the heritabilty of guilt. Buy TicketsRead More
Very honoured to be the latest contributor to The Forgiveness Project’s collection of stories by people who have explored the possibility of forgiveness in the face of extreme experiences and pain. View Angela’s story hereRead More
18th-20th July at the University of Winchester and online. Angela will be presenting a paper online – Talking about painful pasts to heal the present – on Wednesday 20th July, 3-4.30pm. More information and bookings here:Read More
One of four live conversations with Sandra Barefoot and Forgiveness Project story tellers exploring the dynamics of shame. Angela shares her discoveries of intergenerational shame within her family’s history and questions – whose shame are we carrying?Read More
The very exciting broadcasting of my TEDx Talk as part of the TEDxStroud online event on Sunday 21st March.Read More