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April 9, 2004 :: Event Connects Holocaust to Modern Day Civic Engagement

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College students and faculty from across the state will come together at the University of Central Oklahoma for “Raise Your VOICE: Lessons from the Holocaust,” Monday, April 12 at
7 p.m.

The event, sponsored by Oklahoma Campus Compact’s VOICE (Vocal Oklahomans in Civic Engagement) initiative and the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, will feature author and Respect Diversity Foundation co-founder Michael Korenblit. Participants will also view “I, Witness…,” a 45-minute documentary about Oklahoma Holocaust survivors.

Korenblit will tell the story of his parents, both Holocaust survivors, and connect the inactivity and passivity from before and during the Holocaust to the importance of being civically involved today.
“Hitler was elected with only 37 percent of the vote. If more people had gotten involved and looked at what the Nazi Party and the other parties stood for, Hitler might never have come to power,” said Korenblit.

VOICE is part of the Raise Your Voice campaign, a national initiative by Campus Compact to increase student involvement in public life. Oklahoma Campus Compact is part of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.