Eva Kor: Auschwitz survivor of Mengele Nazi torture dies

Eva Kor: Auschwitz survivor of Mengele Nazi torture dies

Agency News

Warsaw, Jul 5 : Eva Kor survived the Holocaust and went on to call for forgiveness of Nazi perpetrators, giving tours of the death camp at Auschwitz.

She set up a small Holocaust museum in her adoptive home in the US and has died aged 85, during one of her annual trips to Poland, said a BBC News report. Eva Mozes Kor was born in Romania and was deported with her Jewish family to Auschwitz in 1944. Unlike the rest of her family, she and her twin sister Miriam survived.

But they were brutally abused by the notorious Josef Mengele, known as the Angel of Death, who carried out torture on more than 1,000 twins and other Auschwitz prisoners. "Three times a week we went to the blood lab. There we were injected with germs and chemicals and they took a lot of blood from us," she said in 2001. She developed a high fever and was given two weeks to live, but eventually recovered.

Life after the war
The sisters were liberated shortly before their 11th birthday and left for Israel, where Eva later married an American and moved to Terre Haute in the US state of Indiana. In 1985 she set up the Candles Holocaust Museum and Education Center. The museum said she had been spurred into action by the landmark US TV drama, Holocaust, which was shown in Germany and many other countries.

Her sister died in 1993 after a life of health difficulties she had suffered since Auschwitz. Eva spent the rest of her life giving talks about Auschwitz and returning to the site of the former death camp every year.

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In 2015, she attended the German trial of former Auschwitz guard Oskar Gröning, known as the book-keeper of Auschwitz as he was responsible for counting the belongings confiscated from prisoners.

She approached Gröning and shook his hand and he responded by kissing her on the cheek.

Gröning was eventually jailed for four years for being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 people.

The museum Kor set up in Terre Haute announced she had died in Krakow on Thursday morning, adding she had touched the lives of thousands of people "through her message of overcoming tragedy, finding forgiveness, and healing". In a Facebook statement, the museum said that one of the themes of her life was that forgiveness can help to heal.