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The Triumph of the Human Spirit: From Auschwitz to Forgiveness

Born in Romania in the early 1930s, Eva Mozes Kor, her twin sister Miriam, and the rest of her family were deported to Auschwitz in 1944. The Germans quickly selected the two sisters to become human guinea pigs in genetic experiments under the direction of Dr. Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death.” Kor soon became deathly ill, but through sheer determination, she stayed alive and helped her sister Miriam survive. In January 1945, when the Soviet army liberated the camp, about 200 of the 1500 sets of twins were still alive. Today, Eva Kor lives in the United States and is a key advocate for the survivors of Nazi experiments on Jewish children. She cofounded CANDLES, Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors, an organization that has done tremendous work to help the victims of these crimes and their relatives since the mid-1980s.

For more information, call Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, Department of History, at 704-894-2284 or email The event is free to the public and no tickets are required.


Knobloch Campus Center DFPH-Duke Family Performance Hall

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