Eva Mozes Kor is a survivor of the Holocaust, a forgiveness advocate, and a revered public speaker. 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 a 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 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.
Eva visited Misericordia University on September 12, 2017, as part of the Deadly Medicine Speaker Series. In addition to presenting a public lecture on her experience as a survivor of Nazi medical experimentation and the implications of Nazi medicine for modern medical ethics, Eva helped launch the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust at Misericordia University. Below are excerpts from her interview with the Center's Director, Dr. Stacy Gallin, in which she emphasized the importance of human dignity in modern bioethics, medicine and health.
Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of the Holocaust and the twin experiments performed by Dr. Josef Mengele, recalls her experience.
Eva Mozes Kor talks about the relevance of the medical community's participation in the Holocaust for modern bioethics and society.
Eva Mozes Kor offers words of advice for healthcare professionals.