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Encore: FGCU Exhibition Documents Liberation of All-Female Concentration Camp

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Tara Calligan, WGCU
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(from left) English graduate student and archival assistant Kinsey Brown, History graduate student and archives specialist Bailey Rodgers and Head of Archives, Special Collections and Digital Initiatives at the FGCU Library Melissa VandeBurgt

We listen back to our conversation from earlier this year about an exhibition at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Wilson G. Bradshaw Library documenting the little-known rescue of survivors from an all-female Nazi camp.  “To Life: The Liberation of Ravensbrück” explores how the Swedish Red Cross liberated about 15,500 survivors from the camp in what’s been dubbed the “White Bus Rescue” in 1945. 

The exhibit includes artifacts never before seen in the U.S.  We learn more from members of the team that created the exhibit including Head of Archives, Special Collections and Digital Initiatives at the FGCU Library Melissa VandeBurgt, English graduate student and archival assistant Kinsey Brown and History graduate student and archives specialist Bailey Rodgers.

Due to precautions aimed at limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus, the exhibition is closed to the public until at least, March 29, but will likely remain closed beyond that date.