Germans and Japanese Facing the Legacy of World War II Together



Germans and Japanese

Facing the Legacy of World War II Together


A FREE One-Day Workshop

Sunday, October 5, 2014

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Living Arts Counseling Center
1265 65th St. Emeryville, CA

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
Director/Founder Healing the Wounds of History

Anke Schäfer, DGFT
German Drama Therapist, Artist and Filmmaker

Manami Yamamoto, MFT Intern,
Expressive Arts Therapist and Japanese Clinical Counselor

For More Information Contact:
Armand Volkas
(510) 595-5500, Ext 11


Who should attend?

Japanese and German participants of the first, second, third and fourth generations after World War II who want to explore the impact of their legacies and take steps towards healing generational trauma in their lives.

Space limited to 5 Japanese and 5 German Participants

Workshop Description

Two states, two powers were defeated in World War II. Although crushed, they arose from the ashes….and gradually regained international respect, status and leadership. Still, the legacy of perpetration continues to haunt Germany and Japan and the descendants of the collective trauma. Both countries also experienced the suffering of warfare, such as bombings, hunger, losing loved ones, and the humiliation of defeat.

How do cultures emotionally integrate a legacy of perpetration and victimization? How do we prevent the rage, guilt and shame of one generation from infecting and haunting a people for generations to come? Contemporary Japanese and Germans have parallel experiences as inheritors of difficult histories. They can learn much from each other by sharing and comparing stories, images, memories, emotions and cultural messages.

Through the use of dialogue, drama therapy, expressive arts therapy and therapeutic techniques, this workshop will provide a bridge between personal and collective experience and help participants take steps towards mastering complex feelings, healing deep wounds and putting ghosts of history to rest.

Healing the Wounds of History

Healing the Wounds of History is a process in which experiential techniques are used to work with a group of participants who share a common legacy of historical trauma. The process was developed by Armand Volkas, MFT, a psychotherapist and drama therapist from Berkeley, California.

Volkas is the son of Auschwitz survivors and resistance fighters from World War II. He was moved by his personal struggle with this legacy of historical trauma to address the issues that arose from it: identity, victimization and perpetration, meaning and grief. Healing the Wounds of History helps participants work through the burden of such legacies by transforming their pain into constructive action.

Armand Volkas’s work has received international recognition for bringing groups in conflict together: Germans and Jews; Turks and Armenians; Turks and Kurds; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans; African-Americans and European-Americans, Tamil and Singhalese, to name a few.