Holocaust survivor Eva Kor to share her story in April 1 Rose-Hulman convocation

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor of Terre Haute receives an honorary degree during the May 2018 commencement at DePauw University.
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TERRE HAUTE -- Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will share her story of forgiveness and perseverance during a special Diversity and Inclusion Series convocation Monday, April 1 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Hatfield Hall Theater.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no tickets for the convocation, organized by Rose-Hulman’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Kor, a Terre Haute resident and human rights advocate, is one of the last surviving twins still sharing her personal account of the medical experiments supervised by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele at Auschwitz, Germany.

Her story of the power of the human spirit and having a “never give up” attitude has made Kor a popular speaker nationally and internationally. She is one of 13 Holocaust survivors featured in New Dimensions in Testimony, a new interactive history project created by University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education to preserve survivor testimonies and educate others about the Holocaust.

Kor also was featured in the award-winning film “Forgiving Dr. Mengele,” a feature-length documentary “Eva A-7063,” and the young adult book “Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz.”

She has led hundreds of people on journeys to Auschwitz for a first-hand glimpse of Holocaust historic sites and opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute to highlight ways people can bring healing, respect and responsibility to the world. The museum has been visited by thousands of people, including many school groups.

Camille Wallace, interim director of Rose-Hulman’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, said it is important that students, faculty and staff, along with the Wabash Valley community, hear Eva’s message of forgiveness.

“She demonstrates the significant first step toward self-release from victimhood and opens minds to the pathway of healing,” Wallace said. “Eva’s forgiveness of the horrid acts against humanity, that she and countless others were subjected to, is a powerful example that proves we can all learn to forgive.”

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