We heard the news. Watched it unfold on CNN. We cried. We prayed. September 11th, 2001 is one of those days you don’t forget.
Dr. Charles B. Strozier knows this at both personal and professional levels. A practicing psychoanalyst with an office in Greenwich Village not far from Ground Zero, Dr. Strozier has a unique view into 9/11. In his new book entitled, Until The Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses, Dr Strozier shares his 10-year study on the psychological impacts of 9/11. Interviews with survivors, responders, patients, students, associates, friends and others provide insight and understanding, exploring 9/11 in what Strozier describes as “zones of sadness.” One of his most important findings defines 9/11 as an apocalyptic experience as opposed to an apocalyptic event, which is critical in interpreting 9/11’s affect on American life and lives around the world.
Dr. Strozier has a Harvard B.A., a PhD from the University of Chicago, and was a research candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis in the 1970s. He is a Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York, and Director, Center on Terrorism, John Jay College. In addition to Until the Fires Stopped Burning, Dr. Strozier is also the author of Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (1994, new edition 2002); a prize-winning psychological study of Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln’s Quest for Union: A Psychological Portrait, 1982, revised edition in paper 2001); and Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (2001), which won the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, the Goethe Prize from the Canadian Psychoanalytic Association, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the editor of another six books and has written scores of essays on aspects of history, religion, terrorism, and psychoanalysis.
9/11 scarred us individually and as a nation. Until The Fires Stopped Burning processes the marks 9/11 left behind and provides context for our responses to other fear-invoking events both here and abroad. Thanks to Dr. Strozier for sharing some time with us. His new book, published by Columbia University Press is available now on Amazon.