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November events at the Capitol

The liberation of holocaust victims during World War II and a speech by a former Congressman highlight events at the Capitol.

The Oregon State Capitol will play host to two exciting events this month.

Now through Nov. 28, the archives of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will display an exhibit in in the Oregon State Capitol's Galleria featuring testimonies from soldiers, liberators and survivors regarding World War II and the Holocaust.

The Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars 661 Uniform Display Museum has provided the exhibit with seven service uniforms worn by Jewish soldiers in WWII as well as memorabilia.

Each uniform is accompanied by a one-page biography of the person who wore it. Two uniforms are very rare for their collection — one a Jewish Infantry Brigade Group of the British Army belonging to Sgt. Israel Tal and the Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) uniform of Enid Fisher.

The exhibit is part of the Capitol History Gateway project and sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 12 p.m. in Hearing Room C, former state and U.S. Rep. Les AuCoin will give a talk about his rise to political stardom and share stories from his new book, "Catch and Release — An Oregon Life in Politics."

In 1974, at the age of 32, AuCoin became the first Democrat to win a U.S. House seat in Oregon's First District. He was one of the post-Watergate reformers who shook up an insular, autocratic Congress and led fights for affordable housing, "trickle-up" economics, wilderness protection, abortion rights and nuclear arms control.

"Catch and Release" will be available for sale in the Capitol Store, and AuCoin will be signing the book after his presentation.