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Hodges hosts lecture by World War II labor camp survivor

The Nichols School of Professional Studies at Hodges University will host author Anatole Kurdsjuk on Wednesday, June 22. The lecture, which begins at 6 pm, will be held in the Kleist Community Room on the Hodges Ft. Myers campus and is open to the public. Kurdsjuk is the author of “The Long Walk Home” which recounts the fascinating story of 9-year-old Anatole and his family as they faced Siberian exile, imprisonment, starvation and forced Death Marches to Nazi Slave Labor Camps.

“He is a survivor of terrorism and has a fascinating story to share,” said Dr. Rosemary Arway, Criminal Justice professor at Hodges.  “After hearing about his book, I thought our students might gain a tremendous insight by being exposed to ‘living history.’”

Kurdsjuk was born in Russia on the shores of the Sea of Azov. At the onset of World War II he and his family were forced from their home by the retreating SS and after enduring a 300 km forced march, survived two plus years in a German slave labor camp before being liberated by General George Patton's Third Army. His family immigrated to the United States in April, 1949. After completing his education, he served in the United States Air Force. Upon discharge he worked in the Information Systems Industry with domestic and international corporations as a systems designer, manager and executive. Retiring in 1997, Anatole Kurdsjuk began writing his family's history as a legacy for his children. Encouraged by those who were touched by the story, he transformed it into a historical memoir and his first book: “The Long Walk Home.”

There is no charge to attend the event. The Ft. Myers campus of Hodges University is located at 4501 Colonial Boulevard, west of I-75. For more information, please contact Dr. Andrew Weyl at (239) 938-7768.

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