Kristallnacht: A Survivor’s Reflections and Insights

November 5, 2017 North Chelmsford Free
(Photo: RicciPhotos/iStock)
(Photo: RicciPhotos/iStock)

Please join speaker Anna Ornstein at Congregation Shalom in Chelmsford to remember Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Dr. Anna Ornstein is a Holocaust survivor, a professor emerita of child psychology at the University of Cincinnati, a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an author.

What happened on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938? Dr. Ornstein will use her multi-faceted experience as a Holocaust survivor and a specialist in self-psychology to reflect and share insights for the present day based on this terrifying historic event.

At age 17, Anna and her mother were deported to Auschwitz from Hungary. Her father and two brothers died in the Holocaust. Her childhood sweetheart, Paul, survived a Hungarian forced labor camp. They found each other after the war, married, and eventually had three children. After attending medical school in Heidelberg, Germany, from 1946 through 1951 and completing their training at the University of Cincinnati, both Anna and her recently deceased husband Paul became giants in the field of psychoanalytic self-psychology. Self-psychology, an offshoot of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, was the first large psychoanalytic movement recognizing empathy as an essential aspect of the therapeutic process of addressing human development and growth. Once in the U.S., Anna seldom spoke of the tragic events she witnessed in the Holocaust. Encouraged by her family, she gradually collected her memories of the tragedies and moments of grace and survival, published in 2004 in her book, My Mother’s Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl.

In the words of Dr. Robert Krell, professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia: “Anna’s entire life has been informed and infused with her experiences. Her energy and curiosity, her inquiry into the human condition, her faith in meaningful relationships and the power of the psyche—all have enriched our understanding of human behavior. She is a powerhouse of creativity, a fearless explorer of what makes us tick.”

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Sunday, November 5, 2017, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Congregation Shalom
87 Richardson Rd
North Chelmsford, MA 01863
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