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So we had this argument at staff meeting one day where I said slavery can’t be compared to the Holocaust. Different times, different experiences. But Russell Adams disagrees, pointing to the long connection between the two groups and reaching for the Old Testament as evidence. He says black folks found heavily Judaic names like Benjamin and Moses from that portion of the Bible quite attractive. “There’s a deep cultural interest. We don’t call it borrowing. But it’s more that we took what was near us and made it a tool for us,” says Adams, who will lecture on “Conceptions of the Holocaust in the Black Imagination: A Reflection.” Chairman of Howard University’s Department of Afro-American Studies, Adams also adds that blacks have adapted such “Holocaust” language and concepts as exodus and diaspora to their public discourse. There are other examples of this cross-fertilization born of similar suffering that Adams intends to provide at 7 p.m. at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. FREE. For reservations call (202) 488-0458. CP