April 6, 2015 12:43 pm
For the fifth year in a row, Chicago's PBS station WTTW 11 will air our award-winning documentary Prisoner of Her Past in recognition of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Holocaust Remembrance Week. Tune in at at 4pm on Sunday, April 12th to see the film. Prisoner of Her Past tells the haunting story of a secret childhood trauma resurfacing, sixty years later, to unravel the life of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich. The film follows her son, Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich, as he journeys across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his mother believes the world is conspiring to kill her. Howard also finds psychiatrists in New Orleans helping traumatized children who survived Hurricane Katrina, so the children will not re-experience the trauma of displacement as his mother now does. To date, the film has been broadcast more than 510 times in 140 PBS markets across the U.S. As Howard Reich wrote in a 2014 update, "it all began as a Chicago Tribune article in 2003, evolved into a book in 2006 and became a documentary film in 2010 – and the story shows no signs of slowing down. The audience only seems to grow." Howard was recently interviewed by Anxiety.org about his mother's story being an indicator of a much wider problem, as "some studies place the prevalence of PTSD in the aging Holocaust survivor community between 46 percent to 55 percent." Join us in watching the film, and honoring Yom HaShoah, this Sunday, April 12th at 4pm on WTTW Chicago PBS. Prisoner of Her Past is also available on DVD.