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Author Eleanor Reissa, The Letters Project: A Daughter’s Journey

University Theatre
Thursday, Jan 19, 2023 at 7:00 PM (ET)
The Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education presents

"The Letters Project: A Daughter’s Journey" with author Eleanor Reissa

From Tony-nominated director, actor, and playwright
“What do we know about our own parents?
Very little.
Until we do...”
In 1986, when her mother died at the age of sixty-four, Eleanor Reissa had the familiar task of going through what was left behind.
She found an old leather purse full of nearly 60 hand-written letters among the remnants. All written in 1949 by her father—
who fought to stay alive in Auschwitz four years earlier—to her mother—who spent the war years suffering in Uzbekistan—the
letters show a man yearning for love after so much loss. The melancholy correspondences were written in German and told just
one side of a relationship torn apart by war and distance.

Thirty years later, Eleanor—a theatre artist on the forefront of keeping Yiddish alive—finally had the letters translated into
English. Her father’s words, unknown to Eleanor during his lifetime, took her on an incredible adventure into the past, forever
changing her. The Letters Project is an unflinching account of a contemporary quest demanding to make sense of the senseless,
leavened by Reissa’s confessional style, engaging personality, and sense of humor.

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