Caren Osten

Caren Osten Gerszberg is a freelance writer and certified positive psychology life coach. A contributor to The New York Times, and other national magazines and websites, Caren writes about wellbeing, education and travel. As a coach, she leads workshops in expressive writing and cultivating happiness. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and three children. Read more on her website,

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Passing on a Survivor's Legacy One Hug at a Time

Posted by Caren Osten on July 6, 2016

On July 2, Elie Wiesel - Holocaust survivor, Nobel Laureate, writer, political activist, and professor - passed away at 87 years old. He committed his life to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive because he understood the dangers of history repeating itself. Now, in honor of his memory, we share a story of a second-generation Holocaust survivor who is passing on her mother's legacy one hug at a time.  

Caren Osten hugs one of the students at Ellis Prep Academy in the Bronx. 

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Topics: Holocaust and Human Behavior

The Memories We Keep

Posted by Caren Osten on December 15, 2014

I remember sitting on my parents' bed one evening after dinner when I was seven years old, squeezing into a spot next to my older brother, Marc. In the coziness and safety of their room—walls clad in purple fabric and a white shag rug underfoot—my parents began to share their stories.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, New York, Identity, Facing History Together, Holocaust, Memoir, Facing History and Ourselves, Survivor Testimony

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