JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS SERIES: Eleanor ReissaApril 18 @ 1:00 pm
April 18 @ 1:00 pm
JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS SERIES: Eleanor Reissa
JCC MetroWest presents, Eleanor Reissa, “The Letters Project”
A second-generation Holocaust memoir, The Letters Project constitutes an important addition to the growing library of works exploring inherited trauma. In 1986, upon the death of her mother, Eleanor Reissa — an acclaimed actress, singer, director, writer, and contemporary Yiddish performer — was stunned to discover a stash of 56 letters written in German, hidden inside an old leather purse she had never seen before. The discovery of this correspondence, from her father to her mother, dating back to 1949, was a proverbial Pandora’s Box, launching her on a quest that spanned continents and decades, and led to truths about her late father, a survivor of Auschwitz, whom she had only known as an ailing, broken man. It was not until 2018 — thirty years later — that she had the letters translated. Engaging and intimate, The Letters Project is a daughter’s love letter to the father she thought she knew, as well as a riveting saga of personal and painful revelation and a cautionary tale about heeding the lessons of history.
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