Nov. 7, 2017 |
The University’s American Studies Institute hosted Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Kor for the second presentation of its Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium. Kor’s presentation was titled “From Auschwitz to Forgiveness.”
Kor is one of the survivors of the medical experiments on twins supervised by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Her account of surviving the Holocaust offers many relevant lessons on the dangers of hate and prejudice and the consequences of allowing prejudice to persist in others.
In addition to her account of the Holocaust, Kor’s life lessons and message of forgiveness continue to touch the lives of millions. Kor recounts how, in 1995, she chose to forgive the Nazis, deciding that they would no longer have power over her life. She describes the choice as an act of self-healing, self-liberation and self-empowerment.
Kor’s story is documented in the award-winning film “Forgiving Dr. Mengele” and the popular young adult book Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz. Her story of forgiveness is also recounted in the German book Die Macht Des Vergebens (The Power of Forgiveness). Premiering in January 2018, Kor’s story will be the subject of a feature-length documentary, “Eva A-7063.”