Kaddish for Joe

  • Kathleen H. Millstein Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Simmons College, Boston


Understanding across differences is a guiding principle of social work practice. It is a value which is often difficult to achieve, especially in our personal lives. The journal entries shared in this article represent my efforts to make sense of the relationship with my father-in-law; a relationship that reached across many differences—across time and age, cultures, religions, and the experience of his loss of his homeland. With the help of Maria Lugones' image of "'world' traveling and loving perception," a very special "tour" through the Holocaust Museum, and the model of Marion Van Binbergen Pritchard, a non-Jewish social work resistor, I was offered a window into his world and a mirror on our relationship and on myself as a social worker and teacher.Copyright of Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is the property of Cleveland State University and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use.

Author Biography

Kathleen H. Millstein, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Simmons College, Boston
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