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Author Rosner, Elizabeth, author.

Title Survivor café : the legacy of trauma [and the] labyrinth of memory / Elizabeth Rosner.

Publication Info. Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, [2017]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    940.5318 ROS    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    940.5318 ROS    Available
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Description xviii, 268 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 258-268).
Contents Author's note -- Introduction -- Beech forest III -- The S-word -- The woman who had eight mothers -- They walked like ghosts -- Beech forest I -- 3G and the opposite of forgetting -- Stumbling stones -- Beech forest II -- Post memory and the paradox of artifice -- Epilogue.
Summary As survivors of many of the twentieth century's most monumental events--the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Killing Fields--begin to pass away, Survivor Cafe addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten? Elizabeth Rosner organizes her book around three trips with her father to Buchenwald concentration camp--in 1983, in 1995, and in 2015--each journey an experience in which personal history confronts both commemoration and memorialization. She explores the echoes of similar legacies among descendants of African American slaves, descendants of Cambodian survivors of the Killing Fields, descendants of survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the effects of 9/11 on the general population. Examining current brain research, Rosner depicts the efforts to understand the intergenerational inheritance of trauma, as well as the intricacies of remembrance in the aftermath of atrocity. Survivor Caf©Øe becomes a lens for numerous constructs of memory--from museums and commemorative sites to national reconciliation projects to small-group cross-cultural encounters. Beyond preserving the firsthand testimonies of participants and witnesses, individuals and societies must continually take responsibility for learning the painful lessons of the past in order to offer hope for the future. Survivor Caf©Øe offers a clear-eyed sense of the enormity of our twenty-first-century human inheritance--not only among direct descendants of the Holocaust but also in the shape of our collective responsibility to learn from tragedy, and to keep the ever-changing conversations alive between the past and the present.--END FLAP.
Subject Victims -- Personal narratives.
Psychic trauma -- Personal narratives.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Collective memory.
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