Nearly 100 years ago, Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of 12, was driven by a little known humanitarian tragedy to send two of her youngest children to an orphanage a continent away. They were just eight and ten years old. Some 20 years later, she handwrote a 174-page letter to the children, trying to explain to them why she made the decision she did. Unfortunately, by the time the children received the letter, they could no longer read Yiddish. It was only after the two children had grown and died that the letter was translated into English and printed into a small book to be given to Feiga’s descendants. This book is the basis for the documentary My Dear Children.