Leila Levinson

Author, 'Gated Grief: The Daughter of a G.I. Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma'

Leila Levinson is an expert on trans-generational trauma. Her five-year research project spanned the National Archives in Washington, DC, studying photos and taped interviews with veterans, to Holocaust
museums the world over, to the homes of seventy veterans themselves, where she received first-hand accounts from Nazi camp liberators and their families.

The result is "Gated Grief," a multigenerational perspective of PTSD, revealing how unhealed trauma reverberates through a family. But readers also gain a more pressing lesson: that facing trauma enables enormous healing.

A freelance commentator on cultural issues, Levinson has appeared on CNN, and her work has been published in the Washington Post, the Austin American Statesman, the Texas Observer, WWII Quarterly, and War, Literature, and Art.

Levinson is also the founder of, a website where veterans and their children are invited to share their stories. She lives with her husband and two sons in Austin, Tex.