Transforming War-Related Identities. Individual and Social Approaches to Healing and Dealing with the Past
|Title||Transforming War-Related Identities. Individual and Social Approaches to Healing and Dealing with the Past|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Austin, B, Fischer, M|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 11|
This Handbook Dialogue is dedicated to Dan Bar-On, who spent most of his life reﬂecting on practical approaches for dealing with the past and exploring how people whose lives and identities have been shattered by violence come to live a decent life again.
What we could see from Dan Bar-On’s studies from Germany and the Middle East, and from our partners in other war-torn societies, is that coming to terms with the past is a long-term process that lasts for generations rather than decades. Furthermore, we realised that war and mass atrocities have intergenerational eﬀects on the descendants of victims and victimisers alike (Bar-On 1999, 126). We have also learnt that dealing with the past processes do not progress in a linear way. Individuals and collectives do not proceed from painful memories and hatred to healing and reconciliation in a straightforward way: usually, such processes move in loops marked by progress and backlashes in a very ﬂexible dynamic. (Introduction)