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FGCU Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies Hosts International Conference

Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Holocaust in Hungary

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is hosting an international conference to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Holocaust in Hungary in 1944. The conference will take place Sunday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 18 at the Cohen Center, Rooms 213 and 214. The conference is free and open to the public.

FGCU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ron Toll will welcome guests, and the Honorary Consul for Hungary to Southwest Florida, Dr. Stephen Gergatz, will provide the official opening.

"The importance of this international conference has never been greater than it is now, due in large part, because genocide continues to this very day," said Dr. Toll. "It is my hope that historical review of past examples of mass genocide will remind us and educate us with regard to worldwide vigilance for the present and into the future."

"The Holocaust in Hungary, 70 Years On: New Perspectives" features 49 scholars from a variety of disciplines and countries to explore key issues and recent research relating to the Holocaust in Hungary - a time in which more than 500,000 Jews were murdered in eight months.

"The primary purpose of the conference is to educate students and members of the public to an area that has not had the full recognition it deserves in Holocaust memory," said Dr. Paul Bartrop, Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies.

For more information about the conference visit and click on "Conferences."

Free parking for guests has been arranged in the Auxiliary Parking Lot 8 and also in Parking Garage 1. Signs for parking will be posted.

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