Norman Human Rights Commission sponsors event tonight

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Could a Holocaust happen again?

The Norman Human Rights Commission in conjunction with the Oklahoma Holocaust Remembrance Exhibition will explore how the Holocaust happened at a community forum at 7 p.m. this evening in the Norman City Council Chambers at 201 W. Gray St.

Author Michael Korenblit, whose parents survived the Holocaust, will be a guest panelist along with Holocaust educator Gary Opper; attorney Richard Ogden, and George Henderson, professor of human relations at the University of Oklahoma. ??

Korenblit and Kathleen Janger authored "Until We Meet Again," the story of Korenblit's parents Meyer and Manya Korenblit, who as teenagers lost their parents, siblings, were separated from each other and endured the concentration camps. His Web site is respectdiversity.com.

The forum will discuss how a Holocaust begins and evolves.

The discussion is associated with the traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Museum, "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945" and "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust" at Untitled (ArtSpace), 1 Northeast 3rd in downtown Oklahoma City through Oct. 23.

The exhibition examines the Nazi terror that led to the arrest of more than 100,000 men under a broadly interpreted law against homosexuality leading to the torture and death of many of them.

"It has been a privilege to work with the many groups and individuals who have come together to bring these compelling exhibitions to Oklahoma City," said Pam Fleischaker, Presidential appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council 2000-2005 and honorary co-chair of the Oklahoma Holocaust Remembrance Exhibition. "The volunteers and donors have shown great commitment in ensuring that history doesn't have to repeat itself and that the lessons learned from the Holocaust will not be forgotten."

More information is available on the exhibition online at www.OKHolocaustexhibition.org.

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