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UCO to Host Co-Founder of Respect Diversity Foundation for Lecture on Parents' Survival of Holocaust

March 12, 2014

Media Contact: Sydney Monday, Intern, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma’s chapter of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta will host Michael Korenblit, co-founder of the Respect Diversity Foundation, for a presentation based on his book “Until We Meet Again: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Holocaust” at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in Pegasus Theater in the Liberal Arts Building on Central‘s campus.           

Korenblit’s presentation will describe the experiences of his parents, Manya and Meyer Korenblit, as they fought for survival during the Holocaust. He will also discuss the impact of the Holocaust and how it can be connected to issues of today.  

“Seventy years ago Manya and Meyer survived a Nazi ghetto and concentration camps, including Auschwitz. Michael tells their poignant story of love and survival extremely well and reminds us that we should be on guard against hate and discrimination in our own times,” said Jeff Plaks, Ph.D., professor of history and geography at Central.

Korenblit started the Respect Diversity Foundation with his wife Joan in 2000 after writing “Until We Meet Again” with co-writer Kathleen Janger. Based on the influence of his book, Korenblit was asked to speak at schools across the nation promoting values that the Respect Diversity Foundation stands for such as respect to diversity, equality, and acceptance.            

Copies of “Until We Meet Again” will be available for purchase at the event with cash or check. The event is free and open to the public.

Central’s metropolitan location allows for experts in many different academic fields to visit the university’s campus and offer transformative learning experiences to students, such as examining situations from the past, present and future.

For more information about the event, contact Michael Springer, Ph.D., associate professor of history and geography, at 405-974-5453. For more information about the Respect Diversity Foundation, visit