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April 20, 2018  RSS feed

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Public invited to talk on ‘Holocaust by Bullets’

Urszula Szczepinska Urszula Szczepinska The community is invited to a talk on Sunday, May 20, at the Florida Holocaust Museum on researching names of victims of what is known as the “Holocaust by Bullets” – the mass shootings of more than 2 million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust.

The guest speaker will be Urszula Szczepinska, the curator of education and director of research for the museum, located in downtown St. Petersburg. Her appearance is jointly sponsored by the museum and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay. Members of both organizations as well as anyone interested in Jewish Genealogy and Holocaust research may attend the program at no charge.

Szczepinska will present online resources that have the most updated information based on the latest historical research. She will also demonstrate how to use archival databases to look for information about individuals who perished in the Holocaust by Bullets. Retrieving identities of individual victims is one of the most significant memorial projects for the post-Holocaust generations.

Szczepinska received the 2011 “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the Florida Association of Museums for her contributions to Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project. Prior to joining the museum 13 years ago, she worked at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and at the State Museum at Majdanek in Lublin, Poland. She is responsible for the Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project at the Florida Holocaust Museum in cooperation with Yad Vashem and has collected and submitted more than 700 pages of testimony from local survivors.

Szczepinska is the author of a 155-page study guide for the traveling exhibition on the Holocaust by Bullets by the French organization Yahad–In Unum, which works to locate execution sites and mass graves. She has taught the subject to various audiences, including honors classes at USF Tampa.

Registration for the event begins at the museum at 1:30 p.m. and the program will begin on the third floor at 2 p.m. Following the talk, an optional self-guided tour of the museum will be offered at no charge to members of either sponsoring organizations. Non-members may tour at a reduced charge of $9.

For more information about this program, call Szczepinska at (727) 820-0100, ext. 241; for more information about the Florida Holocaust Museum, visit The museum is located at 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg.

For more information on the Genealogical Society, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981 or go to

For those planning to include a tour of the museum, advanced registration is requested by calling Sally Israel at (727) 343-1652.

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