Gov. Eric Holcomb has selected Holocaust survivor Eva Kor of Terre Haute to receive the state’s highest humanitarian honor -- the Sachem Award.
“Her story and her life has impacted our entire nation, wrapped around this entire globe. We’re blessed to have her light here in our state, in Terre Haute Indiana,” Holcomb says.
Kor and her twin sister were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, where they were used as subjects of diabolical medical experiments by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. In 1945, they and 200 other twins were liberated from the death camp.
Today she is a champion of human rights and a forgiveness advocate who has traveled the globe to share her message.
“I would like to partner with you Gov. Holcomb to teach the world my mission, to forgive and heal,” Kor says.
Eighty-three-year-old Kor also founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, which tells the stories of other Holocaust survivors who were used in deadly lab experiments.
“I hope that we are, you Governor and Hoosier families, are sending the world a message of hope, a message of healing and a message of peace through forgiveness,” Kor says.
Kor's life story is the subject of an upcoming documentary produced by Ted Green Films and WFYI Productions.