Auschwitz Holocaust survivor to share testimony
“What I discovered for myself was life changing—that I was a little guinea pig of almost 50 years, I was a victim and that I had the power to forgive,” said Kor. “No one could give me that power and no one could take it away—it was all mine. I would hope with all of my heart that I could impress people to help me sow those seeds for peace all over this troubled world.”
Kor, originally from Romania, was 10 years old when she was transported to the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. There, Kor and her twin, Miriam, were immediately separated from their family to become part of a children’s experiment group of about 1,500 twins. The group was under the control of Dr. Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death.” The camp was liberated by the Soviet Army in January 1945, saving roughly 200 people—including the Kor twins.
On the 50th anniversary of the Auschwitz camp liberation, Kor publicly forgave the Nazis and said she finally felt peace. Kor has since dedicated her life to advocate forgiveness through sharing her story with audiences around the world.
“Eva’s message is universal,” said Kelly Schlinder, per course faculty in modern and classical languages at Missouri State. “Forgiveness is something that each one of us struggles with, and Eva has found a way to forgive a group of people who committed atrocious acts of crime against many people. Although a victim of the Holocaust, Eva Kor is the anti-victim, a survivor, full of courage and life.
“Her message will not just benefit students, but also spouses, mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, friends and neighbors. Her lecture is truly a community event and can enrich the lives of anyone at any age. I believe that this event is the essence of what the public affairs mission strives for: greater awareness and personal growth,” said Schlinder.
This event is sponsored by Missouri State’s office of public affairs support, the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, the department of modern and classical languages, the department of religious studies and a public affairs grant. It is free and open to the public.
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