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We Meet a Naples Woman Who Has Spent Decades Raising Awareness About the Holocaust

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Felicia Anchor in front of the Nashville Holocaust Memorial

It’s been 76 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland by Soviet soldiers. It’s estimated that between 1.1 and 1.5 million people, the vast majority of them Jews, died in the camp. In the decades since there have been ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the atrocities committed by Germany during the war, including the creation of memorials and museums around the United States.

On today’s show we’re marking Holocaust Awareness Week by meeting a Naples woman who has spent more than four decades as an advocate for awareness and education. Both of Felicia Anchor’s parents were holocaust survivors, and she was born shortly after the war, one of 2,000 babies born from the end of the war until the displaced persons camp her parents were living in closed.

She and her husband Kenneth are chairing the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 2021 ‘What You Do Matters’ Southeast Virtual Event on February 11, which seeks to inspire people to remember the lessons of the Holocaust and to help combat modern-day antisemitism and hatred. Mrs. Anchor played a key role in financially supporting the Naples Holocaust Museum, working with a community of survivors and docents to expand the initial exhibit into a museum that now serves six counties.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week. Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.