HOUSTON, TX (July 19, 2011) – The daughter of a World War II U.S. Army doctor and concentration camp liberator will discuss her research on the legacy of trauma that imprisons veterans as well as her book on the subject, “Gated Grief,” during a free public lecture at Holocaust Museum Houston this August.
Leila Levinson will discuss how the emotional scars left behind by what veterans, like her father Reuben, saw in World War II affected them and their loved ones — including the author and her family — at a free public lecture on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Seating is limited, and advanced registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.
After winning a grant from the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust in 2005, Levinson set out to discover if veterans’ war trauma can be passed onto their families. Today, Levinson is an expert on trans-generational trauma. Her research project spanned the National Archives in Washington, DC, studying photos and taped interviews with veterans, to Holocaust museums the world over, to the homes of 70 veterans themselves, where she received first-hand accounts from Nazi camp liberators and their families.
She spent five years researching the subject before publishing her book, “Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma,” in January 2011.
The book presents a multigenerational perspective of post-traumatic stress disorder, revealing how unhealed trauma reverberates through a family. But readers also gain an improved understanding of how facing trauma enables enormous healing.
From 2002 to 2008, Levinson taught a Holocaust literature course at St. Edward's University in Austin. A freelance commentator on cultural issues, she has appeared on CNN, is a regular contributing blogger for Huffington Post, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Austin American Statesman, The Texas Observer, and WWII Quarterly. She also has pieces forthcoming in CrossCurrents and War, Literature, and Art. In 2006, the Writers League of Texas named her manuscript of “Gated Grief” the “Best Narrative Nonfiction Manuscript.”
Levinson is also the founder of www.veteranschildren.com, a Web site where veterans and their children are invited to share their stories. She lives with her husband and two sons in Austin, Texas.
Levinson’s lecture is presented with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.