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Ellen Cassedy
Ellen Cassedy is the author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust (University of Nebraska Press). Visit her website at

Entries by Ellen Cassedy

Learning Yiddish in Lithuania

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 12:49 AM

The sky above was a brilliant blue, with puffy clouds, as I crossed the courtyard of Vilnius University on my way to Yiddish class. I had come to the capital of Lithuania to learn the language once spoken by Eastern European Jews on...
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Holocaust Remembrance Day: A New Generation of Rescuers?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 4:21 PM

On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, people throughout the world will remember victims of the Holocaust. In Lithuania, teachers and students will join this day of commemoration by launching a project called "The Rescue of Another is the Highest Human Virtue."


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Remembering Jewish Names in Lithuania

(13) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 11:17 AM


This week, in a land where Jewish culture once flowered, people are joining together to remember Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust.

The week of September 21, officially designated as the "Days of Remembrance of the Genocide of Lithuanian Jews," marks the...

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For Yom HaShoah: Reaching Out to 'The Other'

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 1:22 PM


On Yom HaShoah, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. On April 16, I will remember the six million. And I will remember the afternoon I spent recently with a group of nuns -- an...

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Bread and Jam on Holocaust Remembrance Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 8:33 AM


During World War II in Lithuania, the penalty for hiding Jews was death. Nonetheless, Jura's family extended a helping hand to mine.

Recently, members of our two families gathered around a dining room table in New York City. We came together to...

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Out of the Vilna Ghetto: Dust -- and Determination

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:49 PM


One recent Monday, a crew of young people equipped with brooms and flashlights made their way into a derelict building on narrow, curving Zemaitijos Street in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Wearing masks and blue jeans, the volunteers, who are members of a group called...

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For Yom HaShoah: A Search for Bones in Lithuania

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:32 PM


On Yom HaShoah, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. On April 28, I will remember the 6 million. Also on my mind will be a little town in the northeast corner of Lithuania, and...

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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Questions for the Holocaust Museum

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:30 PM

"We were friends, I thought. And here she was with the others in the mob!" 2014-01-10-Think_about_what_you_saw.jpg

As you enter the new exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., you see an image of lovely young girls dressed up...

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Can Vilnius Remember Vilna?

(15) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 6:52 PM


Vilna. Once, this city with its narrow, twisting lanes was renowned as the Jerusalem of the North, a flourishing center of Jewish culture.

Seventy years ago, on September 23, 1943, German forces and their helpers charged into the Vilna ghetto and...

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Remembering the Holocaust - With Steponas

(13) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 5:34 PM

On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, I will remember the six million who perished -- and I'll also remember a man I met in Lithuania, a man I'll call Steponas.

I went to Lithuania to connect to my Jewish family past. I wanted to breathe in the summer light of...

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