Nautilus Online Book Club
Embark on a unique interactive journey as we delve into the pages of profound books, accompanied by a community of kindred spirits joined by the authors.
"...What makes the book is the devotion that impelled its creation,
and the vividness of the events, described in simple, unadorned prose...”
How does the second generation honor the legacy of parents who survived the Holocaust while at the same time recognizing the ripples of the inherited trauma they experienced in their families?
The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust is an award-winning published anthology that offers an intimate portrayal of this relationship. Powerful and inspiring, this book is an unforgettable and deeply moving collection of authentic stories that offer hope for recovery and healing from trauma. Sixteen authors reveal the challenges and gifts of growing up in the aftermath of their parents’ unimaginable experiences during the Holocaust.
Readers will be immediately gripped by the intimate glimpse into the diverse lives of survivor families. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the far-reaching effects of intergenerational trauma.
To purchase the book, click on the image below. Participants are encouraged to obtain and secure the book at least one week before the start of Week 1.
Meet the Organizers of the Book Series
Rita Benn, PhD
Rita is the co-editor and contributing author to the award-winning, recently published anthology, "The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust." She was trained as a clinical/school psychologist and served on the faculty at the University of Michigan for over 20 years, where she taught and developed curriculum programs for students and faculty in integrative medicine and published numerous academic papers and chapters. As a founder of the non-profit Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME), she trains educators and other professionals in mindfulness meditation practice. She also leads weekly meditation practices for the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor. Rita has three adult children and lives in her Ann Arbor home with her husband and golden retriever. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, painting, writing poetry, and playing with her four grandchildren.
Joy Wolfe Ensor, PhD
Joy, a co-editor and author of this anthology, is a recently retired psychologist whose clinical, teaching, and leadership activities over 45 years have centered on the social determinants of health and the multigenerational legacy of trauma. She remains active in the Michigan Psychological Association, of which she is a Fellow and past president. Joy attended the New York City public schools and earned her undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College and her doctorate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She is on the Founding Committee of the Irene Butter Fund for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (based in Ann Arbor) and is involved in a variety of social justice groups. Joy and her husband Doug, a fellow psychologist, have two grown daughters (both academics in English and creative writing) and one granddaughter.
Ruth, a co-editor and author of this anthology, is a retired training and development executive. She currently volunteers at the Florida Holocaust Museum as a speaker and docent. Ruth also assists her Holocaust survivor father, Sidney Finkel, with his speaking engagements and book Sevek and the Holocaust: The Boy Who Refused to Die. Ruth grew up in Chicago, spent more than twenty years living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and now lives in Largo, Florida. She has one son, Ike, named after her father Sidney’s brother Izzy. Ike and his wife Natalie are data scientists living in Chicago.
About the Online Book Club
The goals of the online book club are to engage readers with the authors, to deepen understanding of inherited trauma and the Holocaust, and to explore the healing power of writing.
A Profound 6-Week Experience
February 12 - March 18, 2024
Embark on an enriching and rare journey with the authors/editors and the community to delve into this award-winning book!
Your journey will include the following elements:
Weekly Coming Together
Each week, participants join together for a guided session that include different authors and editors of the book to engage in discussions, breakout sessions, Q&A, exercises, and gain access to valuable resources.
Guided mindfulness and compassion practices
Writing prompts and reflective questions
Over the 6-week duration, participants can utilize the book club's Google Classroom. Here, they can explore links, videos, and various resources while also sharing their thoughts and findings interactively.
Access to Resources
Explore enlightening talks and scholarly articles covering topics such as trauma, resilience, and the healing arts.
Discover curated resources related to the Holocaust, such as museum tours, films, and books.
Learn about our survivor parents’ communities before the Holocaust.
Immerse yourself in testimonies, poetry, books, and documents by our survivor family members.
Week 1: The Awe of Our Journeys
Week 2: Family Secrets and Intergenerational Trauma
Week 3: Strength, Resilience and Compassion
Week 4: Belonging, Tolerance, and Identity
Week 5: Upstanding: Carrying our Legacy Forward
Week 6: The Healing Power of Writing
Dates: February 12 - March 18, 2024
Mondays @ 5:00 - 6:00 pm (PST) / 8:00 - 9:00 pm (EST)
with the possibility of an extended (90-minute) session during the final week for integration.
Each week, participants join together for a guided session that includes different authors and editors of the book.
Please acquire and secure the book at least one week before the commencement of Week 1.
Registration Deadline: February 9, 2024
*** This online book club is limited in size (20 participants) to ensure the intimacy of conversation.