"The Unanswered Letter"
Thursday, April 27 | 7:30 PM
In-Person & Via Zoom
In 2000, Faris Cassell’s husband came home with a fifty-year-old letter that had been handed to him by a patient. It was a plea for help from a Jewish couple named Berger trying to escape Vienna in 1939 as the Nazis were approaching. They sent the letter in desperation to an unknown, unrelated family in America also named Berger. The plea went unanswered but the letter was saved, lying forgotten in a California attic.
After years of research Cassell located many living family members in the U.S. and around the world, and worked with them to construct a timeline with their saved letters. The letters detail the ways in which various parts of the family tried to leave their respective countries for safety elsewhere, and the ever-tightening restrictions on immigration they faced.
Cassel’s vivid storytelling transports the reader through emotional highs and lows as the Berger family confronts dire situations at every turn.