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Trauma and Silence: Erich Fromm, the Holocaust Correspondence and Historical Responsibility is a Course

Trauma and Silence: Erich Fromm, the Holocaust Correspondence and Historical Responsibility

Started Jan 27, 2022

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Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 7-8:30pm (EST)-- Fully Online Lecture

Eligible for 1.5 CEs for Psychologists and LMHCs


This event is free to the public, please use the promotional code ETHICSERIES15 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time. 


Erich Fromm is popularly known as a public intellectual, psychoanalyst and purveyor of hope. What remains largely unknown is the trauma and tragedy his German-Jewish family endured in the Holocaust. Reading from his family’s unpublished Holocaust letters, the lecture will address the nature of this trauma and the questions of silence and historical responsibility. How might this unspoken chapter in Fromm’s life shape our understanding of his work, particularly his focus on authoritarianism and human destructiveness? What does it mean for me, a grandson of the German generation of perpetrators and enablers, to share this history with you? And how do we relate to the traumatic horrors of the past in the face of our own turbulent reality and the rise of anti-Semitism and racism in the present?

Learning Objectives:

  1. To explain the place of the Holocaust in Erich Fromm’s life and work, particularly in relation to his socio-psychoanalysis.
  2. To recognize the essential importance of remembering traumatic legacies when addressing the current rise in racism and anti-Semitism.

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on Thursday, January 27, 2022.  This lecture is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm (EST). 

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 1 CE unit. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

Participants must attend the lecture in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes February 18th at 5pm. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. 

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website


Roger Frie is a historian and philosopher, as well as a psychologist and psychoanalyst. He currently resides in Berlin, where he holds a DAAD Visiting Professorship. He is Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University and Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is also Psychoanalytic Faculty and Supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute and Associate Member of the Columbia University Seminar on Culture Memory in New York. He has published and lectured extensively on the themes of historical trauma, cultural memory and human interaction.


Susannah Heschel is the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish and Protestant thought during the 19th and 20th centuries, including the history of biblical scholarship, Jewish scholarship on Islam, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press), and Jüdischer Islam: Islam und Deutsch-Jüdische Selbstbestimmung (Mathes und Seitz). Heschel has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Frankfurt and Cape Town as well as Princeton, and she is the recipient of numerous grants, including from the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, and a yearlong Rockefeller fellowship at the National Humanities Center. In 2011-12 she held a fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. She has received four honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Canada, and Germany. Currently she is a Guggenheim Fellow and is writing a book on the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam. In 2015 she was elected a member of the American Society for the Study of Religion.