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Holocaust survivor to share her story at Valpo U

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on November 07, 2018 with No Comments

Holocaust survivor Eva Kor will speak at Valparaiso University’s Harre Union building on Monday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

The Valparaiso International Center (The VIC), in conjunction with the Valparaiso University College of Arts & Sciences, will host a presentation by Holocaust survivor Eva Kor at Valparaiso University’s Harre Union Ballrooms on Monday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Eva Kor and her family, the only Jews in their small Romanian village, were abducted and transported to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in 1944.  Eva and her twin sister Miriam, then 10 years old, were separated from the rest of the family and subjected to medical experimentation by Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele.  The two girls survived until liberation in January 1945, but their parents and older siblings perished.

After the war, Eva and Miriam eventually made their way to Israel, and Eva subsequently married an American and immigrated to Terre Haute, Indiana.  There she established the Candles Holocaust Museum and Education Center.  She has devoted her life to informing the world about the Holocaust through lectures and books.  In 1995, as an act of self-healing, she chose to forgive her Nazi captors.

“The goal of The VIC has always been to showcase different cultures and experiences from around the world,” said VIC founder Duane Davison. “We are excited and humbled to work with Mrs. Kor. Her story offers many relevant lessons on the dangers of hate speech and prejudice and the importance of being an informed citizen.”

“Eva Kor’s message is a very powerful one,” said VU History Department chair Kevin Ostoyich. “We’re hoping that it will be an extraordinary educational opportunity for everyone.”

Pre-signed books and DVDs will be for sale via cash, check, or credit card, and Eva Kor will be available for photos at the end of the event.

Eva Kor’s presentation is funded, in part, with a Valparaiso HRC Community Cultural Grant and the City of Valparaiso. Other sponsors are Indiana Dunes Tourism, Porter County Museum, and Social Action Leadership Team.

This event will be open to all and free of charge. For more information about The Valparaiso International Center, an independent nonprofit organization, visit its website at www.valpovic.org.  For information about Eva Kor and the Candles Holocaust Museum, go to www.candlesholocaustmuseum.org.

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