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The Unanswered Letter (Digital Audiobook)

One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help

By Faris Cassell, Kate Mulligan (Narrator)

Publication Date: November 30, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (6/8/2021)
Compact Disc (12/1/2020)
Hardcover (9/1/2020)
MP3 CD (12/1/2020)


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.

About the Author

Faris Cassell, a journalist and writer, lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon. She earned a BA in history from Mount Holyoke College and an MS in journalism from the University of Oregon. Her decades of research into Alfred and Hedwig Berger’s story was supported by a Mount Holyoke Alumnae Scholarship and by the generous cooperation of the Berger family.