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Holocaust Survivor, Author Eva Mozes Kor to Speak at UCM

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 20, 2016) – Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will bring her message of forgiveness in the face of cruelty and evil to the University of Central Missouri in a free, public presentation at noon Friday, Oct. 28, in Elliott Union 236.

Eva Kor
Eva Mozes Kor

A renowned public speaker and author, Kor and her twin sister, Miriam, were the only members of their family to survive the horrors of Auschwitz and genetic experimentation of Dr. Josef Mengele in 1944-45. Eva has become a champion of human rights and an educator of young people about the power of forgiveness.

In 1995 she founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Ind., which honors the lives of the twin victims of medical experimentation at Auschwitz by telling their stories to educate the world. Destroyed by arson in 2003, CANDLES was rebuilt with the help of a generous public outpouring of support and reopened in 2005. 

Kor has delivered her message in locations around the world, including Germany, Poland and Israel. She was the featured speaker at the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and her story has been documented in the award-winning film Forgiving Dr. Mengele and the young adult book Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin at Auschwitz.”

Kor will sign copies of her book, “Surviving the Angel of Death,” following her presentation. The books may be purchased on site.

Kor’s presentation is made possible through financial support from the Department of Government, International Studies and Languages, Department of Theatre and Dance, Department of History and Anthropology and The Honors College at UCM.

Preceding Kor’s visit to campus will be a staged reading of the play, Auschwitz and the Comedian, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 in the BlackBox Theatre in Nickerson hall. The play by Jill Szoo Wilson, a UCM adjunct instructor in communication, documents Eva Kors’ journey toward forgiveness and the way in which her philosophy of “anger is a seed for war; forgiveness is a seed for peace” changes the life of June, who is struggling with perpetrators in her own life.

Equity actor Kathleen Warfel will read the part of Eva Mozes Kor, with Matt Williamson as the male actor, Jessica Baxter as June, Sarah Bronson as the female actor and Dalton Pittenger providing stage directions.

The staged reading of Auschwitz and the Comedian is made possible through a High Impact Learning grant from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, with financial assistance also provided by the Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages.