We Are Here: Voices from Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy, Anne 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.

Anne Sebba

Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, radio presenter and former Reuters' foreign correspondent. She has written nine critically acclaimed books, most recently Les Parisiennes.

Ellen Cassedy