Kentucky Historical Society
Local Holocaust Survivors to Speak on Veterans Day
Three Kentuckians who survived the Holocaust will tell their stories at This is Home Now: A Symposium on Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors on Veteran’s Day. The panel discussion is just one session in the two-day symposium, which will be held November 10-11 at the Lexington History Museum in conjunction with the multimedia This Is Home Now exhibit. The symposium is presented by the Kentucky Historical Society.
“The interviews with these survivors tell a complex story of survival – one that is important to hear, preserve, and remember,” says Kim Lady Smith, director of education and oral history for the Kentucky Historical Society. She notes that the focus of the interviews was life after liberation and particularly life after immigrating to Kentucky.
The event begins Thursday, November 10, at with “Writing Poetry of Witness in Relation to Historic Events,” a lecture and discussion with Carolyn Forché, national award-winning poet and author of The Angel of History. The opening reception at will feature Jewish delicacies inspired by the book In Memory’s Kitchen: A Legacy of the Women of Terezin and created by chef Ouita Michael of Holly Hill Inn. A poetry reading and book signing by Carolyn Forché will follow at
On Friday, November 11, the program begins at . with a panel discussion “From Anti-Nazism to Civil Rights Activism”, featuring John Rosenberg, Holocaust survivor and Kentucky civil rights lawyer; Debra Schultz, author of Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement; and Lawrence N. Powell, author of Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke’s Louisiana. Lunch includes a visit to the This Is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors exhibit. The afternoon begins with keynote speakers Joan Ringleheim and Neenah Ellis of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The final panel discussion, “After the Holocaust: How Survivors Made Their Homes in Kentucky” features Kentucky Holocaust survivors Robert Holczer of Paris, Ann Klein of Louisville, and Paul Schlisser of Louisville.
Advance registration is required by Monday, November 7. Two-day registration which includes all programs, the Thursday evening reception and Friday lunch is $25 for students and members of the Kentucky Historical Society or the Lexington History Museum and $30 for the public. Registration for Thursday only is $20 and includes the opening reception. For reservations or more information, contact Joanie DiMartino at 502-564-1792 ext. 4467 or email Joanie.Dimartino@ky.gov.
An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, since 1836, has provided connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. KHS operates the Old State Capitol, Kentucky Military History Museum and its five-year-old headquarters, the Kentucky History Center. Since 1999, the thirty-million-dollar History Center has welcomed almost one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web at http://history.ky.gov or call (502) 564-1792.