Vincennes University Jasper Campus hosted a special guest yesterday evening.

A standing-room only crowd packed the New Classroom Building on campus to hear the speech of Nazi death camp survivor Eva Kor. Kor spoke on several values, most notably forgiving those who have done us wrong. Kor also signed copies of her book Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of A Mengele Twin in Auschwitz following her roughly 1 hour long speech.

Kor says the crowd turnout last night meant a lot to her:

Kor says her story is one that needs to be told to the younger generation. She says her story serves as a lesson to young people about persistence and hope:

Kor was taken from her home in Transylvania, Romania in 1944 when she was 10 years old. She and her family were taken to Auschwitz. Kor and her twin sister Miriam were separated from the rest of her family at that time. The sisters were used in experiments by the Nazi doctor Joseph Mangele, also known as ‘The Angel of Death.’ Kor was freed in 1945 when Auschwitz and the other Nazi death camps were liberated. At the time, only about 200 children were found alive.

In 1995, Kor founded the Candles Holocaust Museum and Education Center located in Terre Haute. Kor will be leading a trip with the museum to Auschwitz next year. Kor also was the subject of the 2006 documentary “Forgiving Dr. Mengele” which highlighted her struggles in Auschwitz and her public decision to forgive the Nazis in recent years.