In this talk we described a process of progression and shift in the application of Group Relations. In a personal, professional, and organisational journey, we move from an initial significant learning experience to the unique application and method of intervention in deeply ingrained and resistant residues of traumatic histories and their present impact. The integration of individual, meta-individual, group and social understanding enabled working on German-Israeli relatedness, where the shadow of the Holocaust severely hampered both sides’ capacity for work and development.
A special application of the GR method, developed by Eric Miller and his counterparts in Israel and Germany, led to a series of conferences of Germans and Israelis (The “Nazareth Conferences”), in time including Affected Others, Diaspora Jews, and Palestinians, to the founding of PCCA (Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities) as its organisational umbrella, and to recent work on Victims, Perpetrators and Identities and Cultures in Violent Conflict. The most significant insight it has yielded is the unquestionable and undeniable importance of each group doing its work in the presence of the relevant other. This developmental line signifies how its meaningful internalisation may lead to emergent evolution in Group Relations applications.