Emily is the proud grandchild of two Romanian Holocaust survivors. She will share the story of her grandmother, Lilly, who was raised on a dairy farm in a small town in Transylvania and then survived Auschwitz and Stutthof concentration camps alongside her older sister, Sarah.
Emily is currently working on a book about her grandmother's story and her own identity as a third generation Holocaust survivor. Additionally, Emily will share her personal experience with inter-generational trauma and how it has impacted her life.
Emily grew up with a deep connection to her family's Ashkenazi culture, and though she was fascinated by her connection to the Holocaust, she never knew the full story of what her grandparents went through until after they passed. Thanks to the Shoah Foundation, personal family research, a trip to Romania and Poland, and the support of 3GNY, she was able to connect the dots.
Like some people who carry intergenerational trauma, Emily tends toward anxiety and perfectionism. In the past few years, she learned she has a responsibility to heal herself and to prioritize her well-being above her work. Through some fairly common as well as less-conventional routes (including talk therapy, somatic work, SCUBA dive training, journaling, yoga asana, and silent meditation), she has begun to heal from the trauma that her grandparents never fully had the chance to.
Emily is a college counselor and works primarily with low-income high school students, which she loves in part because it enables her to support those who are denied the right to a quality education just because of who they are.