Eva Fogelman was born in a displaced persons camp in Kassel, Germany after World War II. She lived in Israel for a brief period before coming to the United States in 1959. She received a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, where she majored in psychology, and a master's degree from New York University in rehabilitation counseling. Following this Fogelman received advanced training in family therapy at the Boston Family Institute, and psychoanalytic/psychotherapy training at Boston University Medical School.
In 1987 Fogelman earned her Ph.D from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in social/personality psychology. Her doctoral dissertation was The Rescuers: A Socio-psychological Study of Altruistic Behavior During the Nazi Era. Dr. Fogelman has also worked extensively with patients with drug addiction at Boston City Hospital of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fogelman and Bella Savran were amongst the first psychotherapists to lead groups for children of Holocaust survivors. She then lead the first such group at the counseling center at The Hebrew University (Jerusalem), where she was also a research associate focusing on comparing Holocaust survivor families with control groups. Dr. Fogelman went on to become a research associate in the Sociology Department at Brandeis University, where she did more extensive research on the second generation of Holocaust survivors. She organized the First Conference on Children of Holocaust Survivors in November 1979 in New York City, which was followed by many others.
In the 1980s she did seminal research on non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust, and wrote a Pulitzer Prize nominated book, Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust, which illuminates the psychology and history of the people who defied German law during the Third Reich, and who did not succumb to moral cowardice. Today she uses those lessons to raise consciousness about an “us-against-them” culture.
In 1986 Dr. Fogelman founded the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers with Rabbi Harold Schulweis, which became a project of the Anti-Defamation League, and is now the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. The Foundation provides monthly stipends to 1,600 rescuers in 26 different countries.
In the 1980s Dr. Fogelman also devoted her energies to making the voice of the Holocaust child survivors heard, and was involved in the creation of the International Study of Organized Persecution of Children, a project of Child Development Research, which she co-directs. These efforts culminated in the formation of the National Association of Child Holocaust Survivors (N.A.C.H.O.S.), and in 1991 in the First International Conference of Hidden Children, and in the Hidden Child Foundation of the ADL. She was subsequently involved in the creation of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust. Most important, these events have given the courage to Holocaust child survivors in Eastern Europe to come out of hiding and embrace their Jewish past.
Dr. Fogelman has organized conferences around the world for Generations of the Holocaust and other historically traumatized groups, such as Native Americans. She is an advisor to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has published widely in professional and general publications, and is a frequent public speaker and guest on television.
Eva Fogelman is a social psychologist, psychotherapist, author and filmmaker. She is in private practice in New York City and is co-director of Psychotherapy With Generations of the Holocaust and Related Traumas at Training Institute for Mental Health, and Child Development Research (includes International Study of Organized Persecution of Children).
Dr. Fogelman is co-editor of Children During the Nazi Reign: Psychological Perspective on the Interview Process. She is the writer and co-producer of the award winning documentary Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust (PBS). Her numerous writings appear in professional as well as popular publications. She serves on many boards, including the American Gathering and Federation of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendents, Hadassah Women’s Study Center at Brandeis University, Counseling Center for Women in Israel, IVolunteer, Training Institute for Mental Health, Child Development Research and Hidden Child Foundation (ADL).