“For Holocaust Remembrance Day: Lessons from Lithuania”

Ellen Cassedy set off into the Jewish heartland of Lithuania to connect with her Jewish forebears. But what had begun as a personal quest expanded into a larger exploration. Probing the terrain of memory and moral dilemmas, Cassedy offers a close-up view of how an Eastern European nation is encountering the complex history of the Holocaust, World War II, and the Soviet era that followed. She conveys a cautious message of hope, with implications far beyond Lithuania.

Ellen Cassedy, the author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust, is a former speechwriter in the Clinton Administration and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Her articles, essays, and Yiddish translations have appeared in numerous publications. Her roots in Ethical Culture go back three generations. She lives in Takoma Park. Visit her website at www.ellencassedy.com.

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