For the 15th year, the public is invited to join students, faculty and staff at Edison State College for a week-long remembrance of the Holocaust.
The Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Memorial Week begins Monday and continues through Friday on the college’s Lee Campus. Events include discussions with survivors, lectures, films, book discussions, exhibits, and tours of a World War II-era boxcar on loan from the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida. The week will conclude with a campus-wide Freedom March.
This year’s theme, “The Righteous,” will focus awareness on the courageous people who defended Jews and others who were persecuted by the Nazi regime.
A special presentation will feature descendants of both Holocaust survivors and Nazi perpetrators on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
“We have so many Holocaust survivors in Southwest Florida and they want to share their experiences,” said Professor Jane Bigelow, co-chairwoman of the annual event, adding that survivors of the atrocities are aging and soon there will be no survivors to share their stories personally. “It makes it even more imperative for anyone who wants to know about the Holocaust to come out.”
Bigelow said college students are intrigued and emotionally moved by speaking with Holocaust survivors. This year’s event will feature lectures on modern-day genocide in an effort to not only educate but cultivate tolerance.
For a complete list of events, dates and times, log onto www.edison.edu.
If you go
Holocaust Memorial Week
Edison State College (Lee Campus)
All events at Taeni Hall, Building S, Room 106/7 unless otherwise noted