Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

The Elise M. Hayman Award was initiated in 1989 by Dr Max Hayman in memory of his wife, Elise. The award is made biennially for the most cogent, relevant and commendable work on the Holocaust, and Genocide, current or historical.

2023 Winner

The Programme Committee, in the recommendation of the Hayman Award reviewing panel for 2023 presented the Elise M. Hayman Award for the study of the Holocaust and Genocide to Ilker Özyildirim, Istanbul Psychoanalytic Association and his paper To Brush History Against The Grain": An Essay on Unconscious Ownership of Guilt and Identifications.

Ilker Ozyildirim is a psychoanalyst at the Istanbul Psychoanalytical Association and psychiatrist. He has been granted the IPA in the Community Awards (IPA and Humanitarian Organizations, 2019) with the "Project for the Psychoanalytical Treatment of and Support to Survivors of Social Violence with a Priority on Severe Human Rights Violations and Torture". Furthermore, he is the recipient of the 2016 and 2017 Psychoanalytic Writings Awards given by the Istanbul Psychoanalysis Association. Dr. Özyıldırım serves on the editorial board of the journal Psikanaliz Yazıları.

Ilker Ozyildirim

Istanbul Psychoanalytic Association


Past Winners


Hilit Brodsky- Arel, Israeli Psychoanalytic Society



Nannette Auerhahn, American Psychoanalytic Association

Probing the minds of nazi perpetrators: the use of defensive screens in two generations


Ira Brenner, American Psychoanalytic Association

The Last Witness: Learning About Life and Death from Aging Survivors


Harvey Peskin (a non-member from United States)

Uses of Guilt in Recovery


Rachel Rosenblum, Paris Psychoanalytical Society

In more favourable circumstances: Ambassadors of the wound


Mariano Horenstein, Cordoba Psychoanalytic Society



Samuel Gerson, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California



Ilany Kogan, Israel Psychoanalytic Society



Pedro Boschan, Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association
Bennett Simon, American Psychoanalytic Association