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Survivor Café: Elizabeth Rosner in Conversation with Anne Germanocos

This course was offered in Fall, 2017.

As firsthand survivors of many of the twentieth century’s most monumental events―the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the Killing Fields―begin to pass away, Survivor Café addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten? 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.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursday, October 19
7:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 19 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu Jewish Community Library Anne Germanocos Elizabeth Rosner


Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.


Anne Germanocos

Anne GermanocosAnne Germanacos is the author of the short-story collection In the Time of the Girls (BOA Editions, 2010) and Tribute (Rescue Press, 2014). Together with her husband, Nick Germanacos, she ran the Ithaka Cultural Studies Program on the islands of Kalymnos and Crete. She runs the Germanacos Foundation in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Rosner

Elizabeth RosnerElizabeth Rosner is a bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley, California. Her third novel, Electric City (Counterpoint Press), was published in Fall 2014 and named among the best books of the year by NPR. Her acclaimed poetry collection, Gravity (Atelier26 Books), was also published in Fall 2014. Her first novel, The Speed of Light (Random House), was translated into nine languages. Short-listed for the Prix Femina, the book won several literary prizes in both the US and Europe, including the Prix France Bleu Gironde; the Great Lakes Colleges Award for New Fiction; and Hadassah Magazine's 2002 Ribalow Prize, judged by Elie Wiesel. Blue Nude (Simon & Schuster), her second novel, was named one of the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosner’s essays have appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Elle, the Forward, Hadassah Magazine, and several anthologies. She travels widely to lead intensive writing workshops, to lecture on contemporary literature, and to visit with book groups. Her book reviews appear frequently in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Website: http://www.elizabethrosner.com