Professor Charles Strozier, Director of the John Jay Center on Terrorism, had an article titled, “ How to Honor the Dead We Cannot Name. The problems with the Sept. 11 memorial museum,” published on Slate.com. Strozier reflects on the transfer of unidentified remains of 9-11 victims from the New York City medical examiner’s office to a remains repository in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Strozier’s article touches upon questions of privacy for the dead, decedents' rights to unidentified remains, shared accountability for such disasters, and how to design a memorial that duly honors the greatness of the unknown lives lost while offering a semblance of peace for those who remember them.
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Strozier is a professor of history at John Jay and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is also a practicing psychoanalyst and training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology Foundation (TRISP) in New York. Much of his work has focused on apocalyptic violence and related issues of terrorism, including his book, Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City (Columbia University Press, August, 2011). He is also the author of Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (Beacon, 1994, newly issued 2002); The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Essays on Religion, Violence, and History (Oxford, 2010) with Terman, Jones and Boyd; and co-editor (with Michael Flynn) of Genocide, War, and Human Survival (1996); among many other works.