A Holocaust survivor who
endured medical experimentation at the hands of Nazis, but chose to forgive,
will open the 53rd season of Midwestern State University’s Artist-Lecture
Series at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, in Akin Auditorium.
Eva Mozes Kor was 10 when
in 1944, she and her family, including her twin sister, were sent from their
home in Romania to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The last time she saw her
mother, father, and two older sisters was as guards took her and her twin,
Miriam, away. Dr. Josef Mengele, notorious for his experimentation with twins,
injected both girls with unknown substances, some that made Eva’s limbs swell
and gave her fever. Even though she was a child, Eva realized that if she died,
her sister would be killed so Mengele could do a comparative autopsy. She was
determined to survive.
After the camp’s
liberation in 1945, Eva and Miriam lived in Israel where Eva met another
Holocaust survivor who had moved to America. They married and settled in Terre
Haute, Indiana in 1960. In the 1980s, Eva wondered what had happened to other
children who had been experimented upon. She and her sister, who still lived in
Israel, founded CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiences
Survivors) to find others and to shed light on what they had experienced.
In 1995, Eva opened the
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute with a mission to
prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust. Thousands
of people, including many school groups, have visited CANDLES since it opened. The
museum was destroyed by an arsonist in 2003, but was rebuilt with a generous
public outpouring of support and reopened in 2005.
Eva forgave the Nazis for
their actions and today works as a community leader and educator, not only about
the Holocaust and medical experiments, but also on the importance of healing
through forgiveness. She is the subject of a documentary film collaboration by
Ted Green Films and Indianapolis PBS affiliate WFYI. Eva is scheduled to premiere in January 2018.
Earlier this year, Eva received
with the Sachem Award, one of Indiana’s highest honors, from Governor Eric
Holcomb. “Eva is the living embodiment of true compassion,” Holcomb said in a
statement released by his office. “Her life proves there are no bounds on
forgiveness and human decency. Eva shows us what our response should be to acts
of bigotry and hatred through her daily mission to educate people and spread
messages of peace, respect, and civility.”
She is also the recipient
of many regional, national, and international awards and honorary doctorates,
including an Anne Frank: Change the World Award in 2015, the Distinguished
Hoosier Award in 2015, and the Forgiveness Hero Award from the Worldwide
Forgiveness Alliance in 2008.
Visit candlesholocaustmuseum.org for
The Artist-Lecture Series
was established in 1964 to bring noted lectures and quality programs in the
performing arts to the MSU campus and the Wichita Falls community.
is $20 to general public; $18 for senior citizens, active-duty military, and
MSU alumni; free to MSU students, faculty, and staff with ID. Tickets are
available at the Clark Student Center Information Desk. For tickets or more
information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 940-397-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.