Background of the development of B.A.S.E.®

Foto_Henry Parens , Jugendlicher

In 1940, Henri Parens and his mother fled from Belgium to France to escape the Nazis, ending up in southern France at the Rivesaltes internment camp. The then/at that time 12-year-old's flight to the United States meant permanent separation from his mother. In 1942, she was deported from France to Auschwitz with the last transport, where she was murdered.

Porträt Henry Parens

As a result of this experience, Parens decided to become a child analyst, and to work against racism, war, and hatred. As early as the 1980s, Parens began to conduct studies aimed at preventing aggressive behavioural disorders in preschool children in Philadelphia.

Porträt KH Brisch, bunt

Based on this experience, Munich attachment researcher Dr. Karl Heinz Brisch of the Pediatric Clinic and Polyclinic at Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, Munich, developed the prevention program B.A.S.E.®  (Babywatching in preschool and school to prevent aggression and fear, and to promote sensitivity and empathy).

For more information about Dr. Brisch and "secure attachment," please go to his Homepage: Here

On the radio with Henri Parens

In two episodes on the hr radio program Wissenswert, Henri Parens talks about his childhood, his experience of fleeing from the Nazis, and his new life in the United States. (Source: Wissenswert as heard on Hessische Rundfunk, hr-online, December 12, 2011. Host: Regina Oehler).

You may stream the following radio program on the Hessische Rundfunk website:

  • 1. Henri Parens: Ein Kind auf der Flucht [A child on the run] Here

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2. Henri Parens: Ein Psychiater lehrt verzeihen [A psychiatrist teaches forgiveness] Here