Auschwitz: Forgive…but never forget

Eva Kor

Sixty-nine years after Eva Kor was forced into a concentration camp at Auschwitz, she returned to Poland to forgive two final people.

During the trip, she spoke of the power of forgiveness.

New discoveries

While on her trip to Poland, Kor led a tour of a building where she was once used as a human guinea pig.

Kor helped historians identify the dilapidated building that had been a mystery for decades.

Making amends

While the focus of Kor’s trip was forgiveness, she also wanted to make amends for something she took from the camp years earlier.

Auschwitz was not only a prison for Kor and her twin sister Miriam. It was also the unofficial cemetery of her parents and her older sisters.

On a trip back to the Poland in 1989, the twins visited the gas chambers for the first time. That is when they took ashes from the site to be buried in Israel where Miriam resided in honor of their family members.

A family legacy

Kor always thought she lost all of her family members at Auschwitz–her parents, two older sisters and dozens of other relatives. But, 69 years later, she was able to reconnect with two long-lost family members.

Final forgiveness

Kor’s final forgiveness was given to her parents. She forgave her father for the beatings she said he gave her as a small child, and for not moving her family out of Romania. She also forgave her mother for not escaping when she had the chance.

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