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Sanibel resident to speak about Holocaust at FSW

By Staff | Mar 11, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Irene Skolnick

Irene Skolnick, a member of the Bat Yam Temple of the Islands, will speak about her experiences surviving the Holocaust on March 24 at 9:30 a.m. at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers.

The talk will be held in Room 102 of Building U, at 8099 College Parkway.

There will also be a roundtable luncheon at 12:30 p.m., at which attendees will be able to meet and speak to Holocaust survivors, including Skolnick.

Skolnick was born in Poland to a Jewish family and was 2 years old when World War II broke out in 1939. She and her family survived the Holocaust by changing their identity and passing themselves off as Catholics to the Nazis and the Russian communists. Skolnick will describe the daily challenges of survival faced by her family until WWII ended in 1945.

After the war, her family emigrated to France and then came to the United States in 1952. Skolnick wrote about her experiences in a book, “In the Shadow of Majdanek – a Holocaust Survival Story.” She and her husband split their time between Sanibel and Pittsburgh.

Holocaust Memorial Week will be observed by FSW from March 23-27. This year’s theme is “Camp Liberation: 75 Years On.” The events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.fsw.edu/holocaust.