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Read Online We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust Book by Ellen Cassedy

Read Online We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust Book by Ellen Cassedy

We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust

Ellen Cassedy s longing to recover the Yiddish she d lost with her mother s death eventually led her to Lithuania, once the Jerusalem of the North As she prepared for her journey, her uncle, sixty years after he d left Lithuania in a boxcar, made a shocking disclosure about his wartime experience, and an elderly man from her ancestral town made an unsettling request Gr Ellen Cassedy s longing to recover the Yiddish she d lost with her mother s death eventually led her to Lithuania, once the Jerusalem of the North As she prepared for her journey, her uncle, sixty years after he d left Lithuania in a boxcar, made a shocking disclosure about his wartime experience, and an elderly man from her ancestral town made an unsettling request Gradually, what had begun as a personal journey broadened into a larger exploration of how the people of this country, Jews and non Jews alike, are confronting their past in order to move forward into the future How does a nation how do successor generations, moral beings overcome a bloody past How do we judge the bystanders, collaborators, perpetrators, rescuers, and ourselves These are the questions Cassedy confronts in We Are Here, one woman s exploration of Lithuania s Jewish history combined with a personal exploration of her own family s place in it.Digging through archives with the help of a local whose motives are puzzling to her interviewing natives, including an old man who wants to speak to a Jew before he dies discovering the complications encountered by a country that endured both Nazi and Soviet occupation Cassedy finds that it s not just the facts of history that matter, but what we choose to do with them

Title : We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust
Author :  Ellen Cassedy
Language : English
Isbn : 0803230125
Format : Paperback
Pages : 288 pages

Rating: 4.5

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