Episode 75: Eleanor Reissa's Invisible Birthmark

After a career spent telling other people's stories, Eleanor Reissa has finally uncovered her own. It started with 56 letters she found in a drawer while cleaning out her late mother's apartment. They were letters from her father to her mother, just a few years after they had both survived World War II. The letters sent Eleanor on a search to retrace her family history in Europe, which she chronicles in her new memoir, The Letters Project: A Daughter's Journey. In this episode of Can We Talk?, Nahanni Rous talks with Eleanor about how her life has been defined by being the daughter of people who lived through the Holocaust.

Released April 26, 2022
  • Eleanor Reissa and the cover of her book, The Letters Project. Photos courtesy of Eleanor Reissa. 

  • Eleanor Reissa, center, with her brother Seymour and mother Ruth, c. 1953. Photo courtesy of Eleanor Reissa. 

  • Eleanor Reissa and the Cover of her Book
  • Eleanor Reissa as a baby, with her older brother and mother

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 75: Eleanor Reissa's Invisible Birthmark." (Viewed on October 1, 2023) <https://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-75-eleanor-reissas-invisible-birthmark>.


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