Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor Laid To Rest In Indiana

Jul 13, 2019

FILE - In this April 21, 2015, file photo, Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor sits in a courtroom in Lueneburg, northern Germany. Kor, who championed forgiveness even for those who carried out the Holocaust atrocities, died Thursday morning, July 4, 2019, in Krakow, Poland, during an annual museum trip. She was 85.
Credit Julian Stratenschulte/Pool Photo via AP, File

Holocaust survivor and founder of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Eva Kor, was laid to rest in a private ceremony. 

Eva Kor and her twin sister Miriam were subjected to inhumane medical experiments by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele before their liberation in 1945. She died at the age of 85 on July 4.
Many attended her Saturday visitation.

 Friend for 53 years Catherine Baker says Kor told her ‘all these people died, but I’m still alive. I can’t waste any time.’

"She was just a really good friend. We commiserated, we talked, we argued. So she was kind of like a big sister, you know, you could fight with her, but you still loved her anyway, Baker said.

Kor’s son Alex says, while most people remember his mother as the Holocaust survivor who
forgave, she was so much more.

"I think my mother, a lot of people don't know, she was very funny. She was clever. She was very smart, very caring, very compassionate. A great mother to my sister and I. She was kind of the rock for our family," Alex Kor said.

Kor’s nephew, Robert Kor, says during Eva Kor’s lectures at CANDLES and other places, he was amazed at how school kids really sat, not fidgeting, and listened to her story. He says it’s
important to speak out.

"We can never forget. And that's a wonderful legacy that Eva has brought forward. And her
sense of forgiveness is a very powerful message," Robert Kor said. 

Public memorial services for Kor will be held in August.