Sunday, February 21 & 28 at 11 a.m. via Zoom

Faris Cassell’s recently published book The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help is the true story of a Viennese Jewish family’s struggle to flee Nazi terror and immigrate to America. In 1939, they wrote to strangers in America, begging for help. It was a huge request to ask a citizen to sponsor strangers, and be legally responsible for them.

The story resonates with issues today and raises tough questions.

Join Faris to discuss this history that is still relevant on Sunday, February 21 and 28 at 11 a.m. via Zoom; watch the daily all church emails for the Zoom link. The book is available at local bookstores J Michaels and Tsunami books, as well as some national stores.

February 21 discussion: What would I do if I received this letter?

This session will review the story, and ask members to consider what they might have done, if they had received the Bergers’ desperate 1939 letter begging for immigration help, “our last and only hope.”

February 28 discussion: What would I do if I lived in Vienna in 1939?

This second discussion turns to questions of social action. If you had lived in Vienna when Germany occupied Austria and the former Republic became a Nazi puppet state, how would you respond? Would you risk arrest to help persecuted Jews? Would you protest the dictatorship? How can one protect democracy?