BY NANCY HILLER
On a Saturday this past June, Bloom writer Nancy Hiller and photographer Darryl Smith went to Terre Haute, Indiana, to meet with Eva Kor, a survivor of the World War II Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Kor, 81, founded Terre Haute’s CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center — the acronym stands for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors — which is dedicated to educating new generations about the Holocaust and the dangers of hatred and prejudice. Before meeting with the Bloom team, Kor presented a 1 1/2 hour talk to an audience of 50, several of whom had come from as far away as India and the United Kingdom.
A woman of small stature and immense determination, Kor moves slowly these days, using a walker. That literal pace notwithstanding, most people would be hard-pressed to keep up with her schedule. Beyond her lectures and writings, each year she takes groups of up to 100 on educational trips to Auschwitz, among them many people from Bloomington. — the editor