Date(s) - January 30, 2022
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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JGSLA invites you to our next meeting
“The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help by Faris Cassell
A 2020 National Jewish Book Award winner”
Sunday January 30th, 2022 at 1:30 pm
Pacific Time (US & Canada)
The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help by Faris Cassell is a compelling book about the search to find out what really happened to Alfred and Hedwig Berger. The search was initiated because of a long lost letter begging for help. The author’s husband brought home this letter that was obtained from one of his patients. Months after Nazis seized Vienna in 1939, a Jewish merchant named Alfred Berger poured all of his hope into one last letter. Written to a stranger whose address he acquired by chance, it crossed an ocean and landed in a mailbox 6,000 miles away — a desperate plea for help that would never come. The search to find out what really happened to Alfred and Hedwig takes the author and her husband across several continents and several years. This program tells the story uncovered through investigating the unanswered letter. The family that she is able to bring together is an amazing conclusion to her family research.
FARIS CASSELL is a journalist and writer. She earned a B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon. Her decades of research into Alfred and Hedwig Berger’s story was supported by a Mount Holyoke Alumnae Scholarship and by the generous cooperation of the Berger family. The Unanswered Letter won the 2020 National Jewish Book Award for Holocaust.
There will be no physical location so the JGSLA Traveling Library and Mentors Corner will NOT be available for this meeting.
JGSLA MEMBERS FREE – NO CHARGE FOR GUESTS, ALL ARE WELCOME, members, please share the ZOOM link with folks you know.