Prisoner of Her Past follows Howard Reich’s quest to
find out the mystery of Sonia Reich’s, his mother, past.
Recently diagnosed with late onset post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD), Sonia Reich is reliving the past
that has haunted her since her childhood in the
Ukraine (It was Poland during WWII.) during World
She cannot determine the
difference between the past and
the present anymore.
During Howard Reich’s quest for information, he visits
many relatives around the United States and Europe.
He travels around Europe visiting the places where his
mother grew up running from the Nazis.
Led Howard Reich and Leon Slominski through
Shibennaya Hill in Dubno, Ukraine, where the mass
murder of Jewish people occurred.
Howard interviewed everybody in his family to try to
bring out what knowledge they had about Sonia’s past.
The farm where Leon Slominski escaped to during the
The location where Sonia Reich and Leon Slominski
Both of them escaped when the Nazis began sending
the Jewish people to the ghettos.
This is the city where Leon Slominski currently lives.
Overwhelming guilt or shame
Hearing or seeing things that aren't there
One in eight soldiers from the War on Terror come
back with PTSD.
Only 38% of soldiers with PTSD wanted help.
Only 23% reported seeing a physiologist for help.
Loss of emotion
Loss of time
The choices of the Nazis caused many people troubles
that will last there whole life.
No memorials or museums to the holocaust would be
necessary if the Germans had not exterminated
millions of people.
Yes, Howard Reich and Leon
experience this through their
journey through Europe.
While in Dubno, Ukraine a
memorial stands there now
along with a museum.
What effect did going to physiatrist have on Sonia
Is there any treat once a person is diagnosed with late