Wednesday 5 February
In this Lunchtime Lecture, Dr Tammy Bottner will talk about her family’s story and her Amazon best-selling book ‘AMONG THE REEDS: The True Story of How a Family Survived the Holocaust’.
In this book, Bottner recounts the moving story of her own family’s travails in war-torn Europe. Her grandparents, refugees from Poland and Germany, had their first child in Belgium in April 1940, only three weeks before the Nazi occupation. Eventually, desperate to save him, they made the unthinkable decision to give him up when he was only two years old. The author’s father spent the next two and a half years hidden in a Belgian convent, estranged from his family and everything familiar. His little sister, born in 1943, was given up for adoption as a newborn. Her grandparents evaded capture and certain death time and again.
Strangely, decades later, the author herself experienced what felt like flashbacks of being hunted by the Nazis when her own son was born. In her book, Dr. Bottner reviews the nascent science of epigenetics, and how that may explain the intense feelings she experienced. She offers up some fascinating evidence about trans-generational trauma transmission.
For this book, Tammy Bottner received the 2018 Top Female Author Biography/Memoir from the Authors’ Show. The book also won the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award.
Dr Tammy Bottner is a physician and co-founder of Riverside Pediatrics in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where she practises pediatric, adolescent, and integrative medicine.