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April 15, 2014

Museum CLOSED for 1st Day of Passover

Start: April 15, 2014 8:00 am
End: April 15, 2014 5:00 pm

April 13, 2014

“The Ghost Army” documentary screening

During World War II, a hand-picked gorup of American G.I.s undertook a bizarre mission: to create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the Nazi German Army as their audience.  The U.S. 23rd Headquarters Special Troops used inflatable rubber tanks, sound trucks, and dazzling performance art to bluff the enemy again and again.  This little-known unit’s knack for trickery was crucial to Allied success in World War II, but their too-secret mission was kept quiet for nearly 50 years after the war’s end.

Join us for a screening of “The Ghost Army”, a documtary by Rick Beyer.

The screening will be followed immeditately by a Q+A with Ghost Army veteran, Gazo Nemeth, a resident of Ft. Myers.

Please RSVP as space is limited.  Call or e-mail Danielle to reserve your seat:

239-263-9200 or

Start: April 13, 2014 12:30 pm
End: April 13, 2014 2:00 pm
Location: The Holocaust Museum

April 6, 2014

Steen Metz ~ Holocaust Survivor Presentation

Quarterly Holocaust Survivor Lecture Series

Local Southwest Florida resident, Steen Metz, will share his family’s experience during World War II at the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. Though a young boy during his ordeal, Mr. Metz will talk of his vivid memories of deportation from Denmark, arrival at the camp, and the eighteen months his family spent there. He will also describe the journey home after Liberation in 1945, and what awaited them.

Join us to hear about this remarkable story of survival and triumph over adversity. Following the lecture, Mr. Metz will host a Q & A period with the audience.

Reservations are required.  Contact the Museum at 239-263-9200 or by e-mail:


Start: April 6, 2014 4:00 pm
End: April 6, 2014 5:30 pm
Location: The Holocaust Museum

March 27, 2014

Triumph 2014 ~ Lives of Purpose

CORRECTTriumphawardsSavetheDateOne of the best-kept secrets of World War II will be shared in Naples in 2014. On March 27, The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida will honor “The Ghost Army”.  Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a world class collection of sound effects records, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, this handpicked group of G.I.s, was known officially as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. They landed in France to conduct a special mission, deceiving the Germans about U.S. troop strength and location at strategically important sites in France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Composed of artists and sound technicians, specially recruited and trained, the unit tailored their creations for the mission at hand. They impersonated other units, built phony  planes, convoys, gun emplacements and even a fake Headquarters. They set up decoy, yet realistic, radio operations. The aircraft they created were purposely left visible to fool enemy reconnaissance flights. Many members of “The Ghost Army” went on to memorable careers in a number of fields, among them artist and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly and designer Bill Blass.

“The Ghost Army” will be the 2014 National Honoree for the Holocaust Museum’s annual fund-raising event, Triumph 2014 – Lives of Purpose. The event will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, at Naples Municipal Airport. The Triumph Awards acknowledge contributions by individuals and organizations who, having overcome adversity and opposition, positively affect the lives of others.  On hand to accept the Triumph Award will be one of the veteran of the unit, as will Rick Beyer, the producer of the recently aired PBS documentary, “The Ghost Army”.  As the documentary said, “Illusion was their ultimate weapon”.  The event will also feature a replica of one of the unit’s wartime creations.

The event’s 2014 Local Honoree is Ms. Schaeffer McHenry, a graduate of Gulf Coast High School and a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  While a student at Gulf Coast, Ms. McHenry created an unique student organization called “The Friendship Circle”.  Its focus was to include those students who were missing out on the social aspects of school life due to their disabilities.  The organization made such an impact on all the students involved, Gulf Coast High School administration made it a permanent Club at the school. Ms. McHenry will be present to accept the Award and talk about “The Friendship Circle”.


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When:   Thursday, March 27, 2014
                6:30 – 9:00 pm

Where:  Hertz Hangar @ Naples Municipal Airport, a former WWII training base


  • From NORTH of Naples Municipal Airport: follow Airport-Pulling Rd south past Golden Gate Parkway, to Enterprise Ave.  Turn RIGHT onto Enterprise Ave and follow 1/10 of a mile to Citation Point.  A volutneer will direct you to the Valet Stand.
  • From SOUTH of Naples Municipal Airport: follow Airport-Pulling Rd north past the main entrance to the airport.  At Enterprise Ave and turn LEFT and follow to Citation Point.  A volunteer will direct you to the Valet Stand.


Ticket cost: $150/person for general admission

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A private patron party will precede the event, starting at 5:30 pm.  This will be an opportunity for Museum patrons to view “The Ghost Army” documentary, meet the honorees and receive a goody bag!

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Media Sponsors

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Patron & Business Sponsor Opportunities:

Please call Amy Snyder, Executive Director for benefits associated with each level.

$10,000 ~ Presenting Patron

$5,000 ~ Supporting Patron or Sponsor

$2,500 ~ Community Patron or Sponsor

$1,500 ~ Friend of the Museum

$450 ~ Patron

$150 ~ General Admission single ticket

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Start: March 27, 2014 6:30 pm
End: March 27, 2014 9:00 pm
Location: Hertz Hangar at the Naples Municipal Airport
Citation Point, Naples
Cost: Tickets start at $150 per person


The Museum will be closed on Thursday, March 27th so staff and volunteers can prepare for Triumph 2014 ~ Lives of Purpose.

Start: March 27, 2014 8:00 am
End: March 27, 2014 5:00 pm

March 17, 2014 – March 21, 2014

Edison State College Holocaust Remembrance Week

Edison State College presents its annual Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Remembrance Week at the Fort Myers campus.

More information to come.

Start: March 17, 2014 8:00 am
End: March 21, 2014 5:00 pm
Location: Edison State College
Ft. Myers

March 16, 2014

GenShoah of Southwest Florida

GenShoah of Southwest Florida meets on the third Sunday of each month from October though April at the Holocaust Museum. From 4:30 – 5:00 pm is the Members-only Business meeting portion, with general public being invited for a topical progarm at 5:00 pm.

More more information about the GenShoah programs or how to become a member, please contact Ida Margolis ( or Steve Brazina (

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Social Event for Members of GenShoah.

Please RSVP to Ida or Steve by March 14th.

Start: March 16, 2014 4:30 pm
End: March 16, 2014 6:00 pm
Location: Holocaust Museum

March 16, 2014 – March 17, 2014

The Holocaust in Hungary, 70 Years On: New Perspectives

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University presents its first international conference, The Holocaust in Hungary, 70 Years On: New Perspectives.

For the conference schedule and other information, please visit

Start: March 16, 2014 12:00 pm
End: March 17, 2014 5:30 pm
Location: Cohen Center @ FGCU
Ft. Myers

March 10, 2014

Lunchtime Lecture Series with Elliott Katz

Join us to hear from Museum docent Elliott Katz in the third annual Lunchtime Lecture Series. This is the third of three sessions.

Topic: The Black, Violet and Pink Triangles: The Others

A light lunch is provided. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 6th.

$15 per session or $40 for all three.


Start: March 10, 2014 11:00 am
End: March 10, 2014 1:00 pm
Location: Holocaust Museum
Cost: $15

March 9, 2014

Warsaw: The Remembrance Continues

Special staged reading of the musical drama “Warsaw: The Remembrance Continues” at Temple Shalom, 7 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the Collier-Lee Chapter of Hadassah.

Start: March 9, 2014 7:00 pm
End: March 9, 2014 10:00 pm
Location: Temple Shalom
Naples, FL, United States
Cost: TBD
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