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Leader discusses surviving Holocaust as 'hidden child'

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Abraham H. Foxman, national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 5 at Bishop McGuinness High School, 801 NW 50.

The event, entitled, "Testimony of a Hidden Child," is being hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, in partnership with Bishop McGuinness and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Foxman was born in Poland in 1940. He was saved from the Holocaust by his Polish Catholic nursemaid who baptized and raised him as a Catholic during the war years.

Foxman became well-known worldwide for his leadership role with the Anti-Defamation League. Currently, the Anti-Defamation League's national director emeritus, Foxman speaks out on issues of global anti-Semitism, bigotry, discrimination, war on terrorism, church/state issues, religious intolerance and issues relating to the Holocaust and Israel.

Clark said she is thrilled that the Jewish Federation and its community partners could bring Foxman to Oklahoma City because she's known him for many years and she thinks his story will inspire community members. Clark said she worked with Foxman when she served as the regional director of the North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League in Dallas before taking her current position with the Jewish Federation.

In addition to Foxman's presentation, she said the Holocaust Remembrance event will include a candle-lighting ceremony.

This program is free to attend and open to adults and children 10 and older.

Clark said preregistration is required through Eventbrite. Guests should bring their Eventbrite ticket, along with a photo ID for admission.

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What: Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 5.

Where: Bishop McGuinness High School, 801 NW 50.

Cost: Free.

Information: Tickets may be obtained at EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yom-hashoah-testimony-of-a-hidden-child-tickets-56643160217?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete.

Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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