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Published on Jan 17, 2013
Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller's father rebuffed her attempts to talk about his experiences of the Holocaust. It wasn't until years later that she came to understand him better.
Schiller says that memory is fragile, and that each time our minds access a memory, it is changed without us realizing it. "A memory is only as good as your last retrieval of it," she says. But speaking it aloud, she believes, protects the memory by making it public. "If you want to keep a memory as is," she explains, "you carve it into a story."
Recorded November 29, 2012 at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in New York City, in collaboration with The Story Collider.