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 her family’s farm in Kentucky. Her series homebodies has received crucial support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. More at More from this author →