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“This Is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors Speak,” Photography Exhibit
recipients: Jacqueline Kohl, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky
date: 2017

A dozen years after its first showing, Jacqueline Kohl helped to revive a unique historical Holocaust exhibit for one month at the Giles Galleries on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, thanks to a grant from TOLI. The exhibit featured dramatic black and white photos of nine Holocaust survivors, their biography panels, and 30 highlighted quotes which tell the stories of these survivors who made Kentucky their home. (The exhibit premiered in May, 2005 based on photographs and oral history interviews, and in 2009 were collected in a book published by the University Press of Kentucky.) The refurbished exhibit attracted the largest number of visitors in the gallery’s recent history, beginning with an opening night that featured a visit with one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors, John Rosenberg, and that was attended by more than 300 visitors. One of the most exciting results of this project is that the exhibit, which was being stored in an unstable environment, now has a safe storage facility in the Bluegrass Heritage Museum in Winchester. Since one of the Holocaust survivors, Sylvia Green, is from Winchester, the Museum hopes to create a permanent exhibit with her panels.


To read an article about Kohl’s work published in The Winchester Sun, go here.

Photographs from the “This is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors Speak” exhibit at Eastern Kentucky University.


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