Archive for November 6th, 2008

The Amazing History of Eva Kor’s CANDLES Holocaust Museum

November 6, 2008

Eva Kor (photographed by Steve Lipson)

I’ve already written about Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor’s stunning act of forgiveness and her May 2008 commencement address at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana.

I was fortunate enough to spend 90 minutes on the phone with Eva recently to learn more about the CANDLES Holocaust Museum she founded in 1995 in Terra Haute, Indiana. CANDLES is an acronym for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors.

Click here to make a donation to the Museum.



Eva, who began giving lectures on the Holocaust in 1978, was frustrated that she couldn’t answer people’s questions about the gruesome experiments performed on roughly three thousand twins by Dr. Josef Mengele, known as the “Angel of Death.” “I began an extraordinary search for the estimated two hundred individuals who were surviving twins,” Eva told me. “I didn’t have any names, I didn’t have any addresses. I only had the liberation pictures. From 1978 through 1983, I wrote up to 500 letters three or four times a year asking the media to help me locate the surviving twins. It was a very demanding job but I wanted to know how these other twins’ lives turned out.” (more…)