Two years ago, I interviewed Eva Kor for my blog. Eva had been sent to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of ten, where she and her sister Miriam were experimented on by the brutal Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele.
Tonight, I finally got to meet Eva in person. She lectured on her life and philosophy to a packed auditorium at St. Cloud State University. Afterward, she signed copies of her books for dozens and dozens of people who waited patiently in line. Many also wanted photos and a few had personal questions for her. I was amazed by Eva’s energy and capacity for joy. She gave each person a friendly smile and as much time as they wanted. It was after eleven o’clock by the time she put down her pen.
It is Eva’s stance on forgiveness that has made her an iconic and controversial figure all over the world. On January 27, 1995, in a public ceremony marking the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops, Kor declared her forgiveness toward the Nazis who murdered her parents and two older sisters. Standing by the ruins of a gas chamber at the infamous death camp, Kor also forgave Josef Mengele.
Eva’s talk focused primarily on her experiences at Auschwitz and her decision to forgive the Nazis and Mengele after fifty years of feeling victimized. She mentioned more than once that she must have had a guardian angel watching over her as a child because she narrowly escaped death on numerous occasions. Indeed, her accounts of her close calls were astonishing. After her talk, Eva fielded questions from the audience. One person asked her if she ever regrets forgiving the Nazis and Mengele. “Never!” she exclaimed. “Why would I choose to give up my freedom and be imprisoned again?”
If anyone can speak to the power and the practice of forgiveness, Eva Kor can. It was an honor to meet her and spend some time with her. I know that Eva’s personal testimony about the cleansing power of forgiveness will continue to inspire and enable generations of people to break free from the bonds of victimhood and find peace and healing.
Click here to purchase Eva’s books and her DVD, Forgiving Dr. Mengele.
Click here to view all my posts about Eva Kor as well as posts about other concentration camp survivors.
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Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
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