“Resistance” - FSW Observes Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week

Mar 20, 2017

MARCH 20, 2017 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will observe Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week, March 27-31, with a series of events that focus on the theme “Resistance” at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. Events are free and open to the public.

The mission of the Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week at FSW 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."

In partnership with The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida, a Holocaust Boxcar will be on display for educational tours in Parking Lot 4 near Building N, March 24 – April 10, 2017. A display of posters from the museum will also be on display in Building J, Room 117/118 during the week.

Throughout the week, talks will be held with Holocaust survivors and local residents Marcel Faschler, Cesare Frustaci, Renee Beddouk, Irene Skolnick, Steen Metz, and Rob Nossen. In addition, a Survivor Round Table discussion will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 29. Round table discussion participants include Faschler, Frustaci, Metz, Beddouk, and Eva Sands.

Artwork by renowned Sanibel-based artist Myra Roberts will be exhibited at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 27, Building J, Room 117/118, followed by a film presentation in Building J, Room 103. Roberts has created more than 200 Holocaust-related paintings, collages and sculpture.

Special guest presenters Dr. Paul R. Bartrop, Professor of History and Director, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University, will present Rescuing the Children: Three Remarkable Jewish Women in Vichy, France During the Holocaust at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, March 28; and Aviva Doery, Honors student, Penn State University, will present The Lives of Lesbian Women in Nazi Concentration Camps at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 29. Both presentations will take place in Building U, Room 102.

Other presentations include FSW Psychology Professor Frank Kohn, Psychological Aspects of the Holocaust that Haunt Us Today, at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27; Political Science Professor Dr. Bruno Baltodano, Pluralistic Innocence, at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 27; Journalism Professor Ron Feemster, The Press Under Authoritarian Rule, at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28; and First Year Experience Professor Dr. Sandi Towers, Rwanda: One Million Lives…One Hundred Days, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Building U, Room 102.

The full event schedule is available at www.fsw.edu/holocaust.

FSW’s Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week is organized in partnership with The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida and GenShoah. It is sponsored by the Kenneth and Mary Ruth Stegman Endowed Chair and the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties.

For more information, call Cindy Campbell, FSW Faculty librarian, at (239) 489-9367 or Rona Axelrod, FSW Mathematics professor, at (239) 489-9437.


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