DANIEL LUBIN covers Elizabeth Rosner’s talk at Jewish Book Week 2019. This year will mark 74 years since the end of the Holocaust, nearly a lifetime. Its legacy is prominent: in textbooks, in memorials, and, for some, in memories. But where else does the Holocaust linger? American writer Elizabeth Rosner addressed just this issue and more while discussing her 2017 book Survivor Café with psychotherapist Jane Haynes at Jewish book Week. Rosner engaged with not just the vivid ways in which the Holocaust survives in the consciousnesses of those directly or indirectly affected, but how trauma is universally inherited across generations. Rosner is consistently calm and articulate while discussing deeply personal histories that are not easy to carry. Born and raised in New York, she is the child of two Holocaust survivors. But ‘survivor’ is a term she uses in want of a better word. Much of Rosner’s discussion highlights…Continue Reading

Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma

BEA BOWLES-BRAY uncovers the origins and legacy of playwright Harold Pinter. You would struggle to find anybody better suited to play the voice of Harold Pinter than Kenneth Cranham. Cranham starred alongside the playwright in the acclaimed BBC adaptation of The Birthday Party in 1987, and has trod the boards for many of Pinter’s finest productions, including The Dumb Waiter, The Homecoming and The Caretaker. Speaking to Cranham at Jewish Book Week cultural festival, the actor recalls dining with the playwright in the last months of his life, and the zeal with which they fired lines of Shakespeare at each other. Reciting passages of Pinter’s early prose to a packed audience at King’s Place, Cranham reveals a fascination with Renaissance theatre that is not often discussed in relation to Pinter. The playwright’s first exposure to drama was playing Macbeth as a teenager at Hackney Downs School. His earliest employment was…Continue Reading

Voices from Pinterland