This is Home Now: Kentucky's Holocaust Survivors Speak

This is Home Now: Kentucky's Holocaust Survivors Speak

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by Arwen Donahue
     
 

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At the end of World War II, many thousands of Jewish Holocaust survivors immigrated to the United States from Europe in search of a new beginning. Most settled in major metropolitan areas, usually in predominantly Jewish communities, where proximity to co-religionists offered a measure of cultural and social support. However, some survivors settled in rural areas

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At the end of World War II, many thousands of Jewish Holocaust survivors immigrated to the United States from Europe in search of a new beginning. Most settled in major metropolitan areas, usually in predominantly Jewish communities, where proximity to co-religionists offered a measure of cultural and social support. However, some survivors settled in rural areas throughout the country, including in Kentucky, where they encountered an entirely different set of circumstances. Although much scholarship has been devoted to Holocaust survivors living in urban contexts, little has been written about them in the context of their experiences in rural America. Approximately forty Holocaust survivors currently live in Kentucky. Using excerpts from oral history interviews and documentary portrait photography, author Arwen Donahue and photographer Rebecca Gayle Howell tell the fascinating stories of nine of these survivors in a unique work of history and contemporary art. The book focuses on the survivors' lives after their liberation from Nazi concentration camps, illuminating their reasons for settling in Kentucky, their initial reactions to American culture, and their reflections on integrating into rural American life.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Fascinating…a unique work of traditional history and contemporary art." —Examiner.com" —

"Each of the stories can stand on its own as a fascinating example of what has transpired for Jews outside of New York City." —David Wallace, Community (Jewish Community Association of Louisville)" —

"This Is Home Now focuses on the overlooked stories of Holocaust survivors who relocated to the commonwealth." —Lexington Herald-Leader" —

"Donahue offers many interviews that reveal the horrible things the Nazis did and the harmful effects on the survivors." —Multicultural Review" —

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813125473
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Arwen Donahue has served as program coordinator in the Department of Oral History at the United States Holocaust Museum and managed its Post-Holocaust Interview Project. Rebecca Gayle Howell is a writer and documentary photographer. Currently, she is on the creative writing faculty at Morehead State University.

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