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

Feb 27, 2023

FEBRUARY 27, 2023 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will observe Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week, March 6-10, with a series of events that focus on the theme “Indoctrination” at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. Events are free and open to the public.

As part of the event series, at 5 p.m., Monday, March 6, a free screening of the film “JoJo Rabbit” will be held in Building J, Room 103, at the FSW Lee Campus. At 7 p.m., following the screening, author Dr. Christine Leunens will host a Zoom discussion about her book “Caging Skies,” the novel that inspired “JoJo Rabbit.”

Dr. Leunens attended high school in Cape Coral, Fla. and studied French literature in Paris after graduation. She went on to earn her master’s degree in English and American Literature from Harvard University and her doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington.

Additionally, local Holocaust survivors and children of local survivors will speak about their experiences, and FSW faculty and local historians will hold lectures on related topics.

A full event schedule and Zoom links are available at

For more information, email Sara Gottwalles at

About Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week: 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. 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."


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Last Updated: February 27, 2023

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