Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’: Families used to be split up in East Germany, too. It caused lifelong trauma.

In a now-unified Germany, forced adoptions have become synonymous with the state terrorism and injustice that was rampant in the formerly socialist East, known as the GDR. Reached by phone Wednesday and told about the U.S. controversy, Behr, 50, drew a direct comparison between her experience and the fate of children now being separated from their parents in the United States.

“Of course when I hear of this, I immediately think of my own upbringing. Witnessing the arrest of my mom and being separated from her at that age caused a lifelong trauma for me,” said Behr, who lives in Berlin and is involved in research projects about childhood trauma caused by family separation during the GDR.

Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’: Families used to be split up in East Germany, too. It caused lifelong trauma. – The Washington Post

Sigh….

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