Misericordia University will present "The Triumph of the Human Spirit, from Auschwitz to Forgiveness'' by Holocaust survivor, forgiveness advocate, and champion of human rights Eva Mozes Kor, on Tuesday, Sept. 12 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing.
The event was scheduled originally for March 14, but was postponed due to inclement weather. For those who held tickets for the original lecture, replacement tickets were issued upon request in June. There are a limited number of tickets still available. Please contact the Misericordia University Box Office at (570) 674-6719 for information.
Mrs. Kor's talk is part of the Medical and Health Humanities Deadly Medicine Speaker Series that featured eight special presentations from experts in the fields of the Holocaust, history, medical and bioethics, Judaism, and more. The series, which ran from January through March 14, complemented the provocative exhibition, "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,'' from the United States Holocaust Museum.
In 1944, Mrs. Kor and her family were forced into a cattle car packed with other Jewish prisoners and transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Mrs. Kor and her twin sister, Miriam, were just 10 years old. At Auschwitz, the girls were taken from their mother, father and two older sisters – never to see them again. The sisters 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.
About 1,500 sets of twins were abused, and most died as a result of the experiments. Mrs. Kor also became gravely ill, but through sheer determination survived and helped Miriam survive. The Soviet Army found about 200 children alive during the liberation of the camp on Jan. 27, 1945. The majority of the children were Mengele twins – Eva and Miriam Mozes were among them.
In 1995, Mrs. Kor opened CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a mission to prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust. Thousands of people, including many school groups, have visited CANDLES since it opened. An arsonist destroyed the museum in 2003. A generous public helped to rebuild the museum. It reopened in 2005.
Powered by a never-give-up attitude, Mrs. Kor has emerged through a life filled with trauma as a brilliant example of the power of the human spirit to overcome. She has delivered her message all over the world, including several times in Germany, Israel and Poland. Mrs. Kor was the featured speaker at the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. She leads an annual tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
The award-winning film, "Forgiving Dr. Mengele,'' and the book, "Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz,'' have documented her life story. Mrs. Kor is also an advocate for genocide prevention. She organized and participated in multiple projects dedicated to ending the genocide in Darfur and commemorating the Rwandan genocide.
Mrs. Kor's presentation at Misericordia University received support from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Medical and Health Humanities academic program, and the Catherine and Daniel Flood Endowment for the Humanities at Misericordia University.
For more information about the Medical and Health Humanities program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/medicalhumanities