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Worcester JCC to present Virtual Author Talk Commemorating Kristallnacht

WORCESTER – Author Faris Cassell will present a free virtual talk on her award-winning book, The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help, in commemoration of the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, Tuesday, Nov.  9 at 7 p.m., on Zoom and broadcast live on FCTV Public Channel 13 in Falmouth. This event is Presented in partnership by the Worcester JCC and Falmouth Jewish Congregation.

In 1939, as the Nazis closed in, Alfred Berger mailed a desperate letter to an American stranger who happened to share his last name.  He and his wife, Viennese Jews, had found escape routes for their daughters. But now their money, connections, and emotional energy were nearly exhausted.  He begged the American recipient of the letter “By pure chance I got your address.  Please help us to follow our children…..It is our last and only hope…”

After languishing in a California attic for over 60 years, Alfred’s letter ended up in the hands of Faris Cassell, a journalist who couldn’t rest until she discovered the ending of the story.  Her dramatic narrative traces her quest to find answers.

Faris Cassell lives in Eugene, 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.

For more information and to register, contact Nancy Greenberg;; (508) 756-7109, ext. 232.


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