Southwest Florida Historian to Present Holocaust Lecture Series

Naples Campus

A lecturer and authority on 20th century European history with the Southwest Florida Holocaust Museum in Naples, Florida, Elliott Katz will present his fifth annual Holocaust six-subject lecture series at Hodges University beginning January 26, 2017.

Known for his in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust and World War II, Katz has spent more than 40 years self-studying European history from World War I to the end of World War II. Meticulously researching each topic, his lectures are wide ranging. This year, he starts with an in-depth and unique lecture about the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics and ends his series with his final lecture presenting the compelling stories of several individuals who have been honored as Righteous Among the Nations.

Edwin Black, 11 time Pulitzer Prize nominee and New York Times best-selling author, says, “The intense mining of the historical documentation woven to the zeal of an established litigator (Katz), the Holocaust lectures by Elliott Katz, delivers with prosecutorial precision and revelation.”

“The Elliott Katz Lecture Series is arguably the most informative, continuous series offered worldwide to educate the public on the consequences of remaining silent in the face of oppression and prejudice. Each lecture within the series clearly, precisely and accurately presents the unvarnished facts as they unfolded,” said Sy Stadtmauer, a senior fellow of Holocaust research studies. “The goal of this series is to stimulate dialogue among us all so that we can stand in the way from this dark period of history, 1933 through 1945, to prevent it from ever happening again.”

Barbara Hawkes, director of community outreach at Hodges University, coordinated with Stadtmauer to bring Katz to Hodges, saying, “Elliott’s commitment to educating others on the Holocaust is inspiring, and it heightens the level of knowledge and expertise in this area. We are truly honored to have him engage us.”

Registration is required, and individual lectures are $10. To attend the complete lecture series, the cost is $50 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Southwest Florida Holocaust Museum. To view a complete listing of lecture topics, visit To register, visit

For more information, contact April May at or (239) 598-6153.

About the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning:
Hodges University's Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning was established in 1996 by the university and local leaders as the first lifelong learning program in Collier County. The CLL provides quality year-round educational programs for adults in the community.

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