Changing trains | Curio

Changing trains

22 mins | Mar 8, 2021

Can we inherit trauma? Catharina Coenen's mother escaped bombs falling on Stuttgart's train station in 1943. Decades later, Coenen herself started to suffer panic attacks when boarding multiple trains to attend college. Could there be a connection? In this poignant reflection of the relationship with her mother, she contemplates whether her fear of trains goes beyond emotions and could actually be traced back all the way to her DNA.

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From The American Scholar