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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