Eva Mozes Kor was just ten years old when she arrived in Auschwitz. While her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, she and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. Subjected to sadistic medical experiments, she was forced to fight daily for her and her twin’s survival. In this incredible true story written for young adults, readers learn of a child’s endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil.
The book also includes an epilogue on Eva’s recovery from this experience and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and her lectures, she has dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and working for causes of human rights and peace.
Hear me out…. I am not sure what word fits what I am trying to say but I have always been “intrigued” or “interested” or felt a “tug” towards the Holocaust. And what I mean is it blows my mind that something like this happened, like “how could this be true” and I need to find out all that I can. I like educating myself, I have read countless memoirs and historical fictions based on the Holocaust. Something about it touches my soul and I constantly look for more to read. And when you are talking about the death of 6 million humans none of what I am saying can truly express this in the correct fashion. I realize that.
Last week I received the greatest gift, the memoir of Eva Korr pictured below back in Auschwitz.
This picture below is a very famous picture from the day the death camp was liberated and those 2 little girls are Eva and Miriam. What they went thru and what they witnessed was beyond what one could comprehend especially for 10 year old little girls. Her story is told with love, truth, perseverance and forgiveness. And the rippled effect this had on their lives is something not all books cover and what I loved about hers.
Today Eva runs CANDLES a Holocuast museum and gives speeches on the atrocities that happened at Auschwitz. How I found about Eva is that she is a supporter and member of Because I Said I Would and gives speeches on behalf of this wonderful organization. You see she made a promise all those years ago to survive, because if she didn’t survive her twin would also be killed. A 10 year old little girl having to make promises like that is mind blowing.
At our December monthly meeting Alex Sheen the founder of Because I Said I Would brought an autographed copy of her book to give away after telling her story and her promise… And I GOT IT. It was more than meant to be, I read this in one sitting and I can’t get this story, this life out of my head. I have spent much time staring at this autograph thinking about where the hand that wrote this came from, what it has been thru and I can barely comprehend it. It’s…. well, there are no words.
I would highly recommend this book to educate yourself or further educate yourself and read up on Eva Kor. You can visit her foundations site by clicking HERE
She gives tours of Auschwitz, which I would so love to do. Could you imagine walking the camp with a survivor? Hearing the stories in the place it happened by someone who witnessed it and experienced it? One day maybe.