We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust
by Ellen Cassedy
© Ellen Cassedy
Paperback 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
"Ellen Cassedy set off into the Jewish heartland of Lithuania to study Yiddish and connect with her Jewish forebears. Then her uncle, a Holocaust survivor, pulled a worn slip of paper from his pocket.
"Read this," he said.
When she did, she learned something she had never suspected, and her journey to Lithuania changed forever. What had begun as a personal quest expanded into a groundbreaking exploration of how people in Lithuania—Jews and non-Jews—are confronting their Nazi and Soviet past in order to move forward into the future.
Probing the terrain of memory, massacre, and moral dilemmas, Ellen found herself challenged to ask: How do we honor our diverse heritages without perpetuating the fears and hatreds of the past?
Ellen’s journey changed her outlook on bystanders, victims, collaborators, rescuers—and herself. Her rich and deeply-felt account offers important insights—and hope.
About Ellen Cassedy
Ellen Cassedy has explored the world of the Lithuanian Holocaust for ten years. Her work has been Published in Hadassah, The Forward, Shofar: An InterdiscipLinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Polin, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, and other publications. She lives near Washington, D.C."