Angela Findlay in conversation with Jo Hall

In My Grandfather’s Shadow

Angela Findlay is an Anglo-German artist and public speaker, who has spent much of her career teaching art in prisons. She has conducted research into the intergenerational consequences of unresolved trauma, guilt and shame. For over a decade, she has been lecturing and writing on the topic as well as on post-war remembrance, resolution and reconciliation. ‘In My Grandfather’s Shadow’ is her first book.

In 1987, the author walked into a prison and instantly but inexplicably felt at home. For years she had wrestled with a sense of ‘badness’ within her. Working with prisoners was just the beginning of her search for answers that took her to Nazi Germany and the life of her dead grandfather, who, it emerged was a decorated general on the Eastern front. In a rare confluence of memoir, psychology and historical detective story, this is Findlay’s account of her unflinching quest for the truth about her German family – a quest that breaks the silence surrounding many of the Second World War’s perpetrators.

‘In My Grandfather’s Shadow’ explores the heritability of unresolved experiences, questions deeply-held perceptions of good and bad and uncovers the lesser-known history of the war’s losers. The backdrop is a post-war culture of apology and atonement and the lingering legacy of shame. Using her own family story to explore an episode in history that continues to appal and fascinate, Findlay reveals that it is possible not only for the scars of trauma to be handed down through generations but also for them to be healed.


Date and Time

12 October 2022 at 4:00 pm


United Reformed Church, Mere

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£10.00 per person

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