Keeping alive the memories of the Holocaust

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Survivors of the Holocaust are dwindling in numbers, but students at Northridge Middle School were able to hear a first-hand account about the horrors of WWII.

Eva Mozes Kor spent part of the day on Monday sharing her story with the young teens. During WWII, she and her family were transported to Auschwitz concentration camp in a cramped cattle car. Eva was ripped from her mother’s hands and separated from her mother, father and two of her sisters who were all taken off to be killed by the Nazis.

The reason Eva says she was spared a quick death was because she was a twin. Nazi doctors performed experiments on Eva and her twin sister Miriam, both of whom were only 10-years-old at the time.

Like other survivors, Eva bears the crude tattoo on her arm—a reminder of the nine months of torture she endured while held in German occupied Poland. She told the students she was determined to survive, and along with her sister, was freed at the end of the war.

Many years later Eva met one of the doctors from the concentration camp.

“If I could forgive the Nazis, I want everybody to know, then I am convinced that every human being who heard me today and who might hear this report can forgive whoever hurt them,” said Eva, “And I guarantee if they try it and succeed they will feel free and will feel empowered of their own life, and that is a wonderful thing.”

To keep her family’s memory alive and to assure that no one forgets the horrors that over seven million Jewish people endured, Eva has written books, traveled back to Auschwitz and spends her time educating the public at her Holocaust museum in Terre Haute, Indiana.