UK's Karpf hosts Holocaust film involving his family

jpatton1@herald-leader.comJanuary 4, 2014 

On Sunday, a documentary about Ukrainian Holocaust survivors with a personal connection to Lexington will be shown for free at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. No Place on Earth tells the true story of 38 men, women and children who lived for 511 days in a cave to escape the Nazis, beginning in 1942.

One of the children was 9-year-old Dorothy Karpf, cousin of Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs for the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Karpf and his wife, Ellen, will host the film, which will be shown in the Pavilion A auditorium. Dorothy Karpf's son, Leonard, also will attend the film.

The cave was rediscovered by New York explorer Chris Nicola, who came across puzzling personal items underground including a shoe, a key, and buttons. He found survivors who told him their stories; four eventually returned to the Ukraine with the filmmakers to see the cave again.

The film will be shown in Pavilion A, UK Chandler Hospital, from 2 to 4 p.m.; parking is free in the Hospital Parking Garage, at the corner of Transcript Avenue and South Limestone. See a trailer of the film at

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