In the field of oral history, Kentucky is a national leader. Over the past several decades, thousands of its citizens have been interviewed. The Kentucky Remembered series brings into print the most important of those collections, with each volume focusing on a particular subject.
Oral history is, of course, only one type of source material. Yet by the very personal nature of recollection, hidden aspects of history are often disclosed. Oral sources provide a vital thread in the rich fabric that is Kentucky history.
This volume, the seventh in the series and the first to focus on the topic of immigrants’ experiences in Kentucky, presents the narrated journeys of European Jews who survived the Holocaust and, following World War II, came to the United States—and eventually to Kentucky. Diasporic studies often focus on individual and group memories as they relate to the homeland and identity left behind. Arwen Donahue and Rebecca Gayle Howell have woven together the memories, images, and identities of these survivors with their experiences as members of various Kentucky communities.
Throughout Kentucky, oral history efforts have increasingly focused on the immigrant experience. This Is Home Now effectively reveals the powerful stories of Kentucky’s Holocaust survivors, their journeys to Kentucky, and their postwar lives as Kentuckians. Oral history gives voice (p.x) to those not always heard. This book reminds the reader that hearing the immigrant voice is critical to remembering and understanding Kentucky’s past.
James C. Klotter
Terry L. Birdwhistell