Narrated By: Kate Mulligan
Duration: 15 hours and 32 minutes
What to expect
Dear Madam—You are surely informed about the situation of all Jews in Central Europe and this letter will not astonish you.
In August 1939, just days before World War II broke out in Europe, a Jewish man in Vienna named Alfred Berger mailed a desperate letter to a stranger in America who shared his last name.
By pure chance I got your address … I beg you instantly to send for me and my wife …
Decades later, journalist Faris Cassell stumbled upon the stunning letter and became determined to uncover the story behind it. How did the American Bergers respond? Did Alfred and his family escape Nazi Germany? Over a decade-long investigation, Cassell traveled thousands of miles; explored archives and offices in Austria, Belarus, Israel, and the Czech Republic; interviewed descendants; and found letters, photos, and sketches made by family members during the Holocaust.
This is Cassell’s account of the devastating true story of The Unanswered Letter.
The Holocaust, Second World War
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“A wonderful book about a terrible subject.”
“A moving account of the search for two Holocaust victims…Though often grim, the story is a historical treasure.”
“This is twenty-first century Holocaust literature at its haunting best.”
“A masterful piece of research and writing.”
“A poignant and unforgettable journey of determination and discovery.”
“Faris Cassell’s The Unanswered Letter weaves history and memory together in her beautifully written and well-researched book.”
“Details a remarkable journey that transformed everyone who took part in it.”
“A dramatic, heartbreaking, and poignant book, a study in the power of remembrance.”
“A work of power and passion, depth, and determination.”