ECS Culture Series brings Holocaust survivor to Elkhart

On February 23, over 1,300 students from Elkhart Central, Elkhart Memorial, Elkhart Academy, and Move2Stand groups will have an incredible opportunity to meet Holocaust survivor and peace advocate Eva Kor when she visits Elkhart Memorial High School. Later in the evening, Eva will present her story and message to the community at The Lerner Theatre.

Eva Mozes Kor is a survivor of the Holocaust, a forgiveness advocate, and a revered public speaker. Powered by a never-give-up attitude, Eva has emerged through a life filled with trauma as a brilliant example of the power of the human spirit to overcome. She is a community leader, a champion of human rights, and tireless educator of young people.

In 1944, Eva and her family were forced into a cattle car packed with other Jewish prisoners and transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Eva and her twin sister Miriam were just 10 years old. At Auschwitz, the girls were ripped apart from their mother, father and two older sisters, never to see any of them ever again. Eva and Miriam became part of a group of children used as human guinea pigs in genetic experiments, under the direction of the now-infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. Approximately 1,500 sets of twins were abused, and most died as a result of these experiments. Eva herself became gravely ill, but through sheer determination, she stayed alive and helped Miriam survive. Approximately 200 children were found alive by the Soviet Army at the liberation of the camp on January 27, 1945. The majority of the children were Mengele twins. Eva and Miriam Mozes were among them.

In 1995, Eva opened CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. Its mission is to shine a light on the story of the Holocaust and Eva Kor to illuminate the world with hope, healing, respect, and responsibility. Thousands of people, including many school groups, have visited CANDLES since it opened.

Eva has delivered her message all over the world, including several times in Germany, Israel, and Poland, and was a featured speaker at the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. She leads an annual tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Eva’s story is documented in the award-winning film Forgiving Dr. Mengele and the popular young adult book Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz.

Please join us in welcoming Eva Kor to Elkhart on February 23 at 6:30pm at The Lerner Theatre. Tickets to the Eva Kor event at The Lerner Theatre are NOW AVAILABLE at The Lerner Theatre by visiting the box office in person or calling 574-293-4469.

The success of the Elkhart Culture Series and guest speakers has been made possible by generous donations from Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Elkhart Education Foundation, Old National Bank, Midwest Museum of American Art, The Lerner Theatre, Premier Arts, City of Elkhart, Wellfield Botanic Gardens, and Center for Community Justice.