The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma. After the death of her father, a WWII U.S. Army doctor, Leila Levinson discovers a concealed box of shocking photos...

Leila Levinson

Praise for GATED GRIEF

GATED GRIEF: Winner of the 2011 Sarton Women’s Memoir Award. “GATED GRIEF reveals how unspoken memories and unshared stories can imprison and haunt us. It speaks to the power of story to honor and heal the wounds of the past.”

Susan Albert and Paula Yost
Story Circle Network

GATED GRIEF: Winner of the 2011 President’s Award. “Leila Levinson’s book GATED GRIEF is of the highest quality in content, style, visual impact, and technique. Her message is sobering and inspiring. Leila discusses the cross-generational impacts of trauma and PTSD to families and society. Her work brings these issues to the attention of the public and to Military Writers of America.

“The President’s Award goes to a book of exemplary quality that forwards MWSA’s mission of educating the public of the issues and challenges faced by members of our military and our veterans.”

Joyce Faulkner, President
Military Writers Society of America

“After her father died, Leila Levinson discovered his haunting photos of the German concentration camp where Captain Reuben Levinson had encountered hell. To understand the toll of bearing witness to war’s horror, Leila sought out other veterans who had also witnessed the unimaginable and who were then imprisoned by their own nightmares. GATED GRIEF is a must read for those who wish to understand the spiritual wounds of war.”

James Bradley, Author
Flags of Our Fathers Flyboys

“Leila Levinson’s GATED GRIEF, rooted in her own experience as the daughter of a World War II veteran, speaks to a more universal experience — the trauma of war as it wreaks its hidden havoc generations. It is a touching story of search, revelation, and recovery.”

Robert H. Abzug, Author
Inside the Vicious Heart

“My father had shared with me over the years and I had asked him what he did in the war. He told me about fighting at the Battle of the Bulge, but he never mentioned that he had entered Buchenwald, and how could I have thought to ask him that question? GATED GRIEF has allowed me the ability to understand my father better than I ever have. For this you have my gratitude.”

Fred Futterman
Son of a GI Liberator

“On rare occasions, a book comes along that refuses to allow the Holocaust to become a compilation of mind-numbing statistics and brings it back to the human level. GATED GRIEF is just such a book.”

Flint Whitlock, Author
The Beasts of Buchenwald

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