Tuesday - Friday: 12:30 - 5:00 pm, guided tour at 1 & 2:30
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 - 4:00 pm, guided tour at 1:30 pm
MUSEUM CLOSED: April 15 & 20
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 Danielle@holocaustmuseumswfl.org
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: Danielle@HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org.
One 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
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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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The Museum will be closed on Thursday, March 27th so staff and volunteers can prepare for Triumph 2014 ~ Lives of Purpose.
Edison State College presents its annual Dr. Talbot Spivak Holocaust Remembrance Week at the Fort Myers campus.
More information to come.
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.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Social Event for Members of GenShoah.
Please RSVP to Ida or Steve by March 14th.
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 http://www.fgcu.edu/HC/Conference/index.html.
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.
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.