MaTaRoT Monthly Workshops: March
Healing Hearts: Telling My Family’s Story is Telling My Story
Instructor: Irene Stern Frielich
Date: March 12, 2024
Time: 12 – 1pm
Author and daughter of a Holocaust survivor Irene Stern Frielich will share the importance of the stories she knew and the emptiness of those she didn’t have. She will discuss how storytelling helped transform her from a quietly suffering inheritor of intergenerational trauma to a woman engaged in her path toward healing; healing she hadn’t been aware she needed.
Irene Stern Frielich grew up on Long Island, NY, the daughter of Margie Stern, and Walter Stern, a German Holocaust survivor. As is often the case in survivor families, the Holocaust was rarely discussed in her home, where buried emotions and unspoken truths left a gap in her life and her consciousness.
Irene speaks internationally about her family’s story. Articles about the family have been published in German and Dutch media. She is deeply grateful to the eighteen courageous individuals who helped her family survive the Holocaust. She carries their legacy forward through her book and through her acclaimed multimedia presentations.
Irene is the owner of EnVision Performance Solutions, an award-winning instructional design consulting firm. Irene enjoys playing flute in her local concert band as well as kayaking, biking, and snowshoeing. An avid cook and home entertainer, Irene lives in Sharon, Massachusetts, with her husband, Seth. They treasure moments with their grown sons, Josh and Jonah.