Thursday, Mar. 18 • 3-4:30 pm

World War II in Florida
with Dr. Gary Mormino

On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the American South. Today, it is a Sunbelt Megastate. World War II was the lynchpin that connects a lightly settled, southern state with a state that now has more inhabitants than New York. World War II super-charged Florida, bringing millions of servicemen, war workers, and their families to the Sunshine State. On the eve of the war, Florida had 15 military installations and by V-J Day, the state boasted almost 200. The war touched every crevice in Florida.


  • $12 per lecture: OLLI Gold Members
  • $15 per lecture: Silver Members & General Admission
    No refunds on lectures. For information or to register, call 941-309-5111.

Wednesday, Mar. 24 • 3-4:30 pm [Online]

“Only hope: My Mother and the Holocaust Brought To Light”
with Irving Lubliner

Before she passed away in 1974, Felicia Bornstein Lubliner wrote about her internment in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen.  Her powerful stories have recently been published by her son, Irving Lubliner, in “Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust.”

The book’s introduction ends with an invitation: “Follow me if you will into Auschwitz and spend a day there, and meet some of the people in the nameless mass of bodies.  Try, if you will, to feel, even for a moment, that you could have been one of them, that in fact you were one of them.”

Author Susanne Severeid, who hosted an Emmy-winning PBS documentary about the Holocaust, offered this testimonial comment about Felicia Bornstein Lubliner: “A gifted writer, she weaves beauty and humanity into her writing without sparing the grim details of the horrors of Auschwitz and the Holocaust…” 

Mr. Lubliner, an emeritus professor at Southern Oregon University and OLLI instructor, has been sharing his mother’s stories in classrooms for more than 25 years.

Join us for this special presentation as Mr. Lubliner sheds light on his mother’s indomitable spirit, as well as his experience as a child of Holocaust survivors and his process in bringing the book to fruition. A question and answer session follows the lecture.

Irving Lubliner has taught mathematics for 40 years, at all levels, kindergarten through graduate school.  He has led workshops for teachers in 39 states and given over 350 conference presentations, including several keynote addresses.  He now teaches math, music, and literature courses for the OLLI program at Southern Oregon University, where he also serves on the Council of Directors.


  • Free to Gold Members (pre-registration required)
  • Silver/General Admission: $10
    No refunds on lectures. For information or to register, call 941-309-5111.

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