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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

Bread and Jam on Holocaust Remembrance Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:33 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 | 5:49 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 | 4:32 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 | 2:30 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 | 7:52 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 | 6:34 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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