Holocaust Lecture to Feature Author Tilar Mazzeo

photograph of Tilar Mazzeo. Photo credit: Tilar Mazzeo

Tilar Mazzeo. Photo credit: Tilar Mazzeo

The Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture at USF St. Petersburg will feature a presentation by New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestselling author Tilar Mazzeo at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 30 in the Lynn Pippenger Hall Auditorium. Mazzeo, the Clara C. Piper Professor of English at Colby College, will speak about her book “Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto.”

The book tells the courageous story of Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who faced seemingly insurmountable odds to save thousands of children in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

“Tilar’s account shares the courageous actions of Irena Sendler with the world and helps to keep her story alive with future generations,” said Thomas Smith, associate professor of political science at USFSP and director of the USFSP Honors Program. “The purpose of this lecture series is to share not only the history of the Holocaust but the lessons learned from it. This is going to be a truly phenomenal presentation.”

The annual lecture series has been offered at USF St. Petersburg since the early 2000s. The lecture will be presented in collaboration with the Florida Holocaust Museum.

This free event will be open to the public. Complimentary parking will be available in the USFSP parking garage. For more information, call 727-873-4872.