Holocaust Memorial Programming

Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Event schedule Spring 2024

Monday, March 4

  • 11:00 Erna Rosner, survivor lecture recording Lee Campus J-103
  • 1:30 Cesare Frustaci, survivor lecture recording Lee Campus J-103
  • 3:00 Benno Benninga, survivor lecture recording Lee Campus J-103
  • 6:00 Steen Metz, Survivor talk and Q&A Lee Campus J-103 / Live Stream

Tuesday, March 5

  • 12:00 Music of the Holocaust musical presentation, performed by Professor Rachel Cox on violin and Professor Mary Seal on piano https://youtu.be/ttryIo7sbfE
  • 3:00 Dr. Stuart Mest presents “The Holocaust and How it Affected Two Individuals, My Parents Joel and Toby Mest” Lee Campus J-103
  • 6:00 Second Generation Round Table, presented by Sol Awend, Dr. Stuart Mest, Richard Stein, and Sam Varsano Lee Campus AA-177

Wednesday, March 6

  • 12:00- Anneliese Salamon, survivor lecture recording Lee Campus J-103
  • 1:30 Dr. Mark Herman presents “Nazi Propaganda” Lee Campus J-103
  • 3:00 Renee Beddouk, survivor lecture recording Lee Campus J-103
  • 6:00 The Story of Eric Stein, presented and moderated by his son, Richard Stein Lee Campus J-103

Thursday, March 7th

  • 12:00- Book discussion, FSW Book Club, “Maus” Lee Campus U-102 & Zoom
  • 1:30- Dr. Bruno Baltodano presents “Genocide denial in Guatemala: Barriers to accountability and to remembering survivors.” Lee Campus J-103
  • 3:00 Legal Studies Club of FSW discusses “How religion affects the law” Lee Campus J-103 & Zoom
  • 6:00 Cody Rademacher, Curator of the Holocaust Museum and Cohen Education Center presents “Memories: The Importance of Oral History and Artifact Preservation” Lee Campus J-103


The mission of the Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week at Florida SouthWestern State College is to educate students and the community about the Holocaust, to honor its victims and survivors, to cultivate tolerance, and to promote awareness of modern-day genocide in support of the world's promise of "Never Again."

About the Holocaust

The Holocaust, also called the Shoah, was the genocide of approximately six million European Jews between 1933 and 1945 by the Nazi regime in Germany. The Nazis also systematically persecuted and murdered approximately five million Roma (Gypsies), people of Slavic descent, religious and political dissidents, homosexual Germans, and Germans with mental and physical disabilities.

To learn more about the Holocaust, read Introduction to the Holocaust, provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Field of Flags

What is the purpose for the field of flags each year to begin the Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week?

It is estimated that 11 Million people (6,000,000 Jewish victims; 5,000,000 non-Jewish victims) were systematically persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime. Every year to begin Holocaust Memorial Week students of FSW place out 1,100 flags on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in front of the Madeleine R. Taeni Student Services Hall. Each flag represents 10,000 Holocaust victims, this is to give a small scale view of the enormous amount of victims who suffered and perished.