Marika Henriques was born in Budapest in 1935. She says that she was shaped, and her profession determined by history. During the Holocaust in 1944 at the age of nine, separated from her family, she became a hidden child. These dark times had a lasting effect on her. In her book The Hidden Girl: The Journey of a Soul, she writes about her experiences in hiding, including her poems, drawings and tapestries. Her account, an intensely personal journey, is not so much about the horrors of the Holocaust but more about hope and healing through creativity.
Fascism was followed by communism after the war. Persecuted once more, now for her middle class background she escaped at the age of twenty-one in 1956 during the Hungarian uprising. She crossed the border on foot amongst minefields in temperatures of minus 25 degrees Celsius.
She arrived as a refugee in England in January 1957. She had a degree in Literature and Librarianship from Hungary which helped her to get a job at a children’s library in March. She knew very little English. She learned from the children and from children’s books. The rest of the language she picked up from reading good fiction and abstaining from speaking Hungarian. While working she studied at University College London and received a postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship.
Later she decided, like many of the hidden children, to do further studies and work in the helping profession. She found her vocation, became a Jungian Psychotherapist and developed a private practice. She is an active member of the C.G. Jung Analytical Psychology Club where she has given several talks. She has written numerous articles in various professional journals. She has also contributed a chapter on healing to Tales of of Psychotherapy, edited by Jane Ryan. In 1999 she gave a talk and exhibited her tapestries at the Royal Overseas League Piccadilly under the aegis of the Jung Club.
She is a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists, the C.G. Jung Club London, the Guild of Pastoral Psychology and Westminster Synagogue. She lives in London with her Swedish husband. She loves nature, poetry and food.
Marika Henriques is the author of The Hidden Girl: The Journey of a Soul. Read more about it by clicking the cover image.
Endorsements and Reviews
“It is a book about the effect of trauma, the resilience of the human being to heal, and the power of art and creativity. It is an attempt to bring coherence and connection to something incoherent and solitary, voice to wordlessness, sound to silence, presence and substance to the invisible, ignored, non-witnessed and ‘hidden’.”
Alison Hawtin, BAAT Newsbriefing
“This is a beautifully produced – and beautifully written – very personal, account of a troubled soul attempting to regain a balanced life. The account of her analysis, her dreams, and her subsequent life as a psychotherapist is one which no one else can really experience, but we are privileged to share Marika’s moving story in the hope that she has found what she seeks, a peaceful mind.”
Philippa Bernard, The Westminster Quarterly
“Marika Henriques weaves word, poetry, drawing and tapestry to explore and make sense of her dark past as a Holocaust child survivor. The Hidden Girl is a beautiful book. Dreamlike and nuanced it celebrates the redemptive power of creativity and Judaism. It is a moving testament to the indomitable power of the human spirit.”
Charlotte Bogard, Playwright
“Marika Henriques’s book made a lasting impact on me. I thought I knew all there is to know about the horrors of the Holocaust until I read it. It is a unique rendering which reaches one’s deepest self, the dimension of emotions we all share. Marika shows through her own experience the lasting damage that trauma inflicts on children – the difficulties they have as a consequence to become emotionally independent from their past and to regain their true identity. In her analytic way she demonstrates her struggles and her courage, and above all her determination to be herself. It is a great book.”
Colette Littman, Director of The Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation