Eva Kor

In 1944, Eva and her family were loaded into a cattle car packed with other Jewish prisoners and transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Eva and her twin sister, Miriam, were just 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 test subjects 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 were among them. In 1995, Eva 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. www.candlesholocaustmuseum.org