(TERRE HAUTE, Ind. ) — CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center celebrated its 25th anniversary Wednesday. It was also the 17th anniversary of a fire-bombing that destroyed the museum.

Candles was started by Holocaust survivor, the late Eva Kor. It’s mission. To prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust.

Because of the pandemic, tonight’s event was held virtually. Guest speakers included: Eva’s son Dr. Alex Kor, Trey Etcheson, Chair of the Board for CANDLES, Margo Fox from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Jessica Briones educator, Catie Hann, Development Coordinator for Candles and the emcee was Mike Tank, News Anchor for WTWO-TV.

The keynote speaker was Derek Rhodes, the Director of Business Strategy for the Miami Heat.
His message was entitled “How To Change The World.” It’s something that the museum continues to do.

“It’s really just kind of amazing that Eva’s small idea to educate the children of Indiana has lasted as long as it has and we now have a global reach,” said Leah Simpson, executive director of CANDLES Holocaust Museum.

The pandemic has been difficult for the museum, but organizers are moving ahead with new ideas. In January, the museum will open an exhibit focused on the sets of twins who survived experiments by the Nazis. They will join Eva Kor and her twin sister who lived to tell what happened in the concentration camps.