Psychotherapist Sue Lieberman will be discussing her book After Genocide – How Ordinary Jews Face the Holocaust, in which she explores how Jews with no direct family involvement in the Holocaust carry its emotional and psychological legacy. Sue will be in conversation with Muriel Seltman, one of the people she interviewed as part of her research.
Sue Lieberman grew up in London in an “ordinary Jewish” family. She studied history at Bristol University, and social sciences at York and Bradford. In 1975 she moved to north-east England, where for 12 years she helped communities in deprived urban areas have greater influence over the delivery of public services. She trained in psychotherapy in two stages between 1988 and 2003, and is a UKCP registered psychotherapist. She has recently retired from clinical practice but continues to supervise and teach. An active hillwalker, she has climbed all the Scottish Munros. She lives in Edinburgh.
Muriel Seltman was born in 1927 in North London into a professional Jewish family and taught mathematics and history of mathematics at various levels for over 40 years. In 1950 she married Peter Seltman, who was not Jewish but quarter-German. They were members of the Communist Party until expelled in 1963, then went to North Korea and China. Until that time, Muriel writes, “I had underestimated my Jewishness and thought in terms of my humanity. It was only later that I became deeply aware of the Holocaust and of anti-Semitism.” Her own book, The Changing Faces of Anti-Semitism was published in 2015.