Mes esame cia.
Ellen Cassedy: Author of We Are Here
Greetings! Labas! It was wonderful to meet you in Lithuania! I visited schools, libraries, museums, and community centers to talk about my book, We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust, and its Lithuanian translation, Mes esame cia.

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Book Fair
I presented my book at the Vilnius Book Fair. 60,000 people attended the fair. I love books! 


School Visits

In Vilnius, I talked to students and teachers at Mykolas Romeris University, Salomejos Neries Gymnasium, Sholom Aleichem School, Uzupio Gymnasium, and Vilnius University.

In Kaunas, I visited Kauno Jablonskio Gymnasium and Vytautas Magnus University.

I visited Tumo Vaizganto Gymnasium in Rokiskis; Panevezys District Petkevicaites-Bites Public Library (with students from Panevezys 5th Gymnasium); Siauliai Povilo Visinskio Public Library (with students from several schools); Kedainiai Atzalynas Gymnasium and the Kedainiai Multicultural Center.

Here are questions and comments from students:

  • What would the world be like if the Holocaust had not happened?
  • What can we do to make sure this tragic story never happens again?
  • Maybe the way to prevent future genocides is to do something to help someone.
  • I’m happy not to live in those times.
  • Will hatred ever be depleted in Lithuania?
  • Is it true that people don’t learn important things about life unless terrible things happen first?
  • What should we say to people who say it’s time to stop thinking about history and just move on?


In the old Jewish cemetery in Rokiskis, I found the gravestone of my great-grandfather, Dovid-Mikhl Levin. 

The purple color shows how many Jews lived in Lithuanian towns and cities before World War II.


At the Fair

I visited Kaziuko Muge in Vilnius.

We Are Here
Do you know how to say “We are here” in Yiddish, the Jewish language? “Mir zaynen do!”


Buy the Book

We Are Here is now available in e-book format for both Kindle and Nook.

Lithuanian Edition Now Available

Mes esame cia, the Lithuanian edition of my book, is now available in hardback and e-book formats. Order it here.


YouTube Video

Take a look at the journey that inspired my book.

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