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Past EventsTuesday, February 26

We Are Here: Voices from Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy
Anna Sebba

American journalist Ellen Cassedy travelled to the land of her forbears, and found herself face to face with memory and moral dilemmas. From a modest quest to learn Yiddish in Vilnius, her personal journey expanded. She explored Lithuania’s efforts to build a civil and tolerant society over the traces of a bloody history, where many people today claim no knowledge of the tragic annihilation, or former life, of the Jews.

"If you ask people about the silver spoons in their parlor - where are they from...they will say they don't know. In fact, some of them really don't know. They really have forgotten," one Lithuanian told Cassedy.

We Are Here shines a light on fragile efforts toward mutual understanding and carries a message of hope. In conversation with historian Anne Sebba, this warm and compassionate writer comes to Jewish Book Week to ask how we can honour our heritage without perpetuating the fears and hatreds of the past.

Ellen Cassedy has explored the world of the Lithuanian Holocaust for 10 years. She is the writer of award-winning play Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn¸ a translator of Yiddish and a former columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and author of two books for working women.

Anne Sebba is a writer, lecturer and journalist who has recently been elected Chair of the Society of Authors. She has written eight books including biographies of Jenny Churchill, Mother Theresa and most recently Wallis Simpson, as well as several short stories.

In association with the Embassy of Lithuania 

To buy this book from Blackwell's, click here. Ten per cent of the proceeds of book sales through Blackwell's benefit Jewish Book Week.

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