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Stories by Yenta Mash

Translated by Ellen Cassedy

Northern Illinois University Press, 2018

A Yiddish Book Center Translation

“Inspiring” – Ruta Sepety

“Rich” – Irena Klepfisz


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Oedipus in Brooklyn

and other stories by Blume Lempel

Winner, Modern Language Assn.

Fania & Yaakov Leviant Memorial

Prize in Yiddish Studies

Translated by

Ellen Cassedy &

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Mandel Vilar Press & Dryad Press


“A splendid surprise.” – Cynthia Ozick

“…a remarkable achievement…” – Kirkus Reviews

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Awards and Reviews

• MLA Fania & Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize

in Yiddish Studies

• Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction

• Towson Prize for Literature

• Prakhin International Literary Foundation Award

• Silver Medal in History, ForeWord Reviews

• Best Book Award, Assoc. for the Advancement of Baltic Studies

• Shortlist, William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

• Yiddish Book Center Translation Prize

• PEN/Heim Translation Award

National Geographic says: Visit Vilnius, and read We Are Here before you go!

“In the Cauldron,” a review by Christopher R. Browning

New York Review of Books

“Cassedy resists Lithuanian attempts to place Jewish and Lithuanian suffering ‘side by side’….She attempts to know and comprehend rather than judge.”

Book Review: We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust, by Philip K. Jason

Jewish Book Council

“Brilliantly balanced, totally engaging, and constantly penetrating.”

Book Review: We Are Here, by Sean Martin

American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies

“Unusually engaging…a model for the study of interethnic relations.”

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Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn

Ellen’s award-winning play, Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, celebrates the spare beauty of a small but important life. It was adapted into a short film that won 18 festival awards and qualified for an Academy Award nomination.

“After my great-aunt Jessie died,” Ellen writes, “I discovered a diary she’d kept and found myself mesmerized. I wanted her voice to be heard.”

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