Spotlight: “Unofficial History” by Arwen Donahue


The story told in “Unofficial History” took place soon after I moved to a remote Kentucky farm from Washington, DC, where I worked for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Department of Oral History. It might seem that a 21st-century farm in the Bluegrass State is about as far as you can get from the landscape of the Holocaust. Yet after listening to hundreds of hours of survivor testimony, I know that during the Holocaust, small European farms—farms not unlike my own—were often places of terror, and occasionally places of refuge.


Arwen Donahue lives and works on a farm in Kentucky. More at and on Instagram at @slope_oak. More from this author →