JGSLA - Monday, June 18 - "A Lithuanian Encounter" at Valley Beth Shalom, 7:30PM #general

Pamela Weisberger

You are invited to the June program of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los

"We Are Here: A Lithuanian Encounter" with author, Ellen Cassedy

Monday, June 18, 2012 7:30PM

Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue 15739 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91436

Ellen Cassedy set off into the Jewish heartland of Lithuania to study Yiddish and
connect with her Jewish forebears. But once there, old certainties began to
dissolve, and what had begun as a personal journey of return soon expanded into a
larger quest. The result was her new book, "We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian
Holocaust." Ellen not only immersed herself in the nearly vanished culture of the
Jerusalem of the North, but also conducted groundbreaking research, speaking with
a brave cadre of Jews and non-Jews who were exhuming the complex truths of the
mid-20th Century, reaching out across age-old barriers, and attempting to build a
more tolerant future. Ellen's journey changed her outlook on bystanders, victims,
collaborators, rescuers and herself. Probing the terrain of memory, massacre, and
moral dilemmas, Cassedy asks: Can we honor our heritage without perpetuating the
fears and hatreds of the past? Her rich and deeply-felt account offers important
insights and hope.

Ellen Cassedy is the author of "We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust,"
a new book published by the University of Nebraska Press. The book begins with a
Jewish roots journey, then expands to explore how Lithuania today is engaging with
its Holocaust past, shining a spotlight on fragile efforts toward tolerance. Ellen
has explored the world of the Lithuanian Holocaust in the land of her Jewish
forebears for ten years. Her work has been published in Hadassah, The Forward,
Lilith, and other publications. She is a former columnist for the Philadelphia
Daily News. She lives near Washington, D.C. Michael Steinlauf, author of Bondage
to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust, says of the book: Pioneering
will reach out to all those who care about not replaying in this new century the
disasters of the century that has just ended.

A book signing will follow the presentation - For more information go
to: http://www.ellencassedy.com/ or

JGSLA members are free. Guests $5.00. Traveling library available at 7:00PM.

Refreshments will be served.

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA

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