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Brooklyn, NY

Obscura Society NYC: The Secret of Priest's Grotto

The remarkable story of how 38 Ukrainian Jews survived the Holocaust, fleeing to live within the darkness of one of the world's largest caves

Veteran cave explorer Christos Nicola joins the New York Obscura Society to share an incredible story of courage, ingenuity and the will to survive.

Hidden amongst an expanse of wheat fields within the farming villages of Western Ukraine there lies a small, discreet opening leading into the ground. What lies beneath is astonishing: over 75 miles of caves, an underground lake and a labyrinth of tunnels. Fleeing mass genocide and the horrors of Nazi occupation, a brave group of Ukrainian Jews entered the darkness of this strange subterranean world, living for 344 days deep underground and surviving to see the end of the Holocaust.

Christos Nicola was among the first Americans to explore Ukraine's remote Gypsum Giant cave system following the fall of the Soviet Union.  The startling discovery of artifacts indicating human inhabitance within the caves sparked Nicola's twenty year personal quest to unearth what became of the brave families who survived underground through one of history's darkest eras.

Christos Nicola has been actively involved in caving expeditions around the world since the 1970s, primarily focusing on Priest's Grotto in recent years.  He is co-author of the book "The Secret of Priest's Grotto" which lead to the development of the documentary "No Place on Earth".  Nicola's dedicated research and the moving story of Priest's Grotto have been featured on National Public Radio, NBC's Today Show, ABC World News, the BBC, in National Geographic, the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and many other periodicals and newspapers. 

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Presented by Atlas Obscura at Acme Studios
63 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York
Thursday, February 6 - Doors at 8:00pm; Talk begins at 8:30pm
$20 each - Advance Tickets Highly Recommended - Cash Bar