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Dealing with Fear: Surviving the Holocaust and Becoming a Refugee
Bert Diament

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This presentation is dedicated to Dr. Diament’s parents and their heroic deeds which saved the family from the gas chambers and consists of a series of escapes, first from the Nazis, and then from the Russians, ending with Dr. Diament’s arrival in New York City when he was 11 years old. Dr. Diament was four months old when, in July 1941, the Germans decreed that a yellow star had to be visibly worn by Jews of Czernowitz (then Romania), otherwise they would be shot. Shortly thereafter, in October 1941, he and his parents, his grandparents, and his mother’s three siblings, along with the other fifty thousand Jews were incarcerated in the ghetto. From there, thirty thousand were sent to concentration camps where most perished, including his father’s first wife and one of his father’s two daughters. For as long as Dr. Diament can remember, his mother would tell the stories of how the family managed to escape being sent to a concentration camp by the Germans and their subsequent harrowing escape from the Russians after they “liberated” Czernowitz. His mother told these stories over and over, with the same frightening details, including his father abandoning the family in the ghetto, his mother chloroforming him when he was three, and subsequently denying that he was her son. Sometimes very scary, often tragic, in retrospect sometimes funny, and often very instructive, these events suggest important psychological principles about family dynamics, coping with extreme fear and anxiety, and the long-term effects of childhood traumatic experiences.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: A Florida licensed psychologist, Dr. Bert Diament is a graduate of Albert Einstein’s Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He provides brief goal-oriented therapy to individuals and couples.  He has presented at Lifelong Learning in Jupiter and Boca Raton and to area residents and mental health professionals.  He is an associate fellow and therapy training supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in New York. He has also trained at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and the Westchester Institute for Family Therapy. He is also a Gottman Institute certified Seven Principles of Marriage educator.  Dr. Diament was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for service to children and families from the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists and has been elected to Diplomat status in the area of Professional Psychotherapy by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy.

SPL3154
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

No Refunds Will be Given for One-Time Events Purchased Within a Discounted Bundle
Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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