I discovered the story of my grandmother's childhood when I was 16 years old. On the basis of a school assignment about life in Switzerland 50 years ago, I questioned my grandmother. I wasn't prepared for the stories she would tell me. Since she was born, Hanna, my grandmother, was a contract child (Verdingkind). She grew up in the Emmental in Bern in the 1950s. Several times she has been pushed from family to family and has already been used by them as a 10-year-olds forced to do the hardest work. The abuse was not limited to harassment, but soon turned into sexual assault and rape. She is severely traumatized by these experiences. The question of assistance, such as psychiatric care for coping with trauma, is rejected by her; "There was never anything like it before," she replies. The older I get the more similarities in behaviour to my grandma I recognise in myself. Has my grandmother's trauma been passed on to me through the generations?