book cover of Survivor Cafe

Survivor Cafe

(2017)
A non fiction book by

 
 
As featured on NPR and in The New York Times, Survivor Cafe is a bold work of nonfiction that examines the ways that survivors, witnesses, and post-war generations talk about and shape traumatic experiences.

As firsthand 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 Cafe becomes a lens for numerous constructs of memory - from museums and commemorative sites to national reconciliation projects to small-group cross-cultural encounters.

Survivor Cafe 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.

"Survivor Cafe - which combines moving personal narrative with illuminating research into the impact of mass trauma on a personal and cultural scale - feels like the book Rosner was born to write. Each page is imbued with urgency, with sincerity, with heartache, with heart." - San Francisco Chronicle

Genre: Historical

Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Elizabeth Rosner's Survivor Cafe

Hardback Editions

September 2017 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
ISBN: 1-61902-954-5 / 978-1-61902-954-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

September 2018 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
ISBN: 1-64009-107-6 / 978-1-64009-107-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

January 2018 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
ISBN: 1-5189-8594-7 / 978-1-5189-8594-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2018 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory - Library Edition
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
ISBN: 1-5189-8595-5 / 978-1-5189-8595-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2017 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
Publisher: Novel Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2017 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
Publisher: Novel Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2017 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
Author(s): Elizabeth Rosner
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU