EDMOND True stories of the horrors of Nazi Germany drew gasps Tuesday from many Deer Creek High School students.
The speaker, author Mike Korenblit of Edmond, used tales of how his parents were persecuted in Poland during World War II to emphasize the problems caused by bullying in school.
Korenblit is co-founder with his wife, Joan, of the Respect Diversity Foundation. He talked to students Tuesday about the violence and fear that surrounded his own parents during the Nazi occupation.
As part of an educational effort sponsored by his foundation and the Oklahoma Arts Council, Korenblit and other civil rights speakers have been talking with students across the state, urging them to think about how their actions could affect others.
Korenblit told students that one student picking on another is yet another example of persecution, or unfair treatment of individuals because they are different.
Some students said the presentation helped them put a face on the holocaust, in which more than 6 million Jews were killed.
"You think, Oh yeah, a lot of people died.' But this really put it in perspective, said Chelsey Grove, a 17-year-old senior.
Korenblit's parents, Manya and Meyer Korenblit of Ponca City, survived more than a dozen Nazi concentration camps during the war. When only 6 years old, he first learned about their experiences when he asked them about the strange numbers inked into the skin on their forearms.