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Adam Frankel: Healing Family Trauma through Honesty

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“I realized early on as I started trying to grapple with the trauma of the Holocaust in my family, I realized that my way through it, my way of processing it and managing it was by being as honest as I could and that I needed to be as honest as I could.” - Adam Frankel

Adam Frankel, former speechwriter for President Obama and author of a new memoir, The Survivors, talks about generational trauma - from his grandparents’ experiences in the Holocaust to his mother’s struggles with mental illness and a revelation about Adam’s own identity - and the importance of honesty in his family’s healing process.

Adam Frankel was a senior speechwriter for President Obama and is an advisor to Emerson Collective and Fenway Strategies. His book, The Survivors, is available on Amazon. You can learn more about Adam on his website, https://www.adampfrankel.com/, and follow him on Twitter at @apfrankel.

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