Eva Kor: ‘The human spirit could not be defeated’

In January of 2010, Eva Kor took her 13th trip to Auschwitz to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the concentration camp’s liberation.

During that trip, she talked to tour members about the human spirit.

“The Human spirit could not be defeated. We beat the Nazis. We beat Hitler, and we survived. “What kept us alive–that unbelievable human spirit that kept saying, ‘Don’t give up. Fight one more day. Survive one more day, and go on.'”

Eva Kor

The nightmare after the war

Even after the liberation of Auschwitz, Eva Kor still had nightmares.

One nightmare in particular came when she realized why the soap in the concentration camp never created suds–because it was made from human fat.

“I could not take a shower, use soap for a long time,” Kor said. “Because I developed nightmares every night until I arrived in Israel, that I was washing, taking a shower, and the soap turned into the voices of my parents.”

Kor opens up about experiments she was forced to endure

During the trip, Kor spoke with WTWO/WAWV and other members of a tour to Auschwitz about the experiments she and her twin sister, Miriam, endured at the hands of Dr. Joseph Mengele.

Celebrating the liberation

On the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 2010, Eva Kor and others survivors spoke at a special ceremony.

WTWO/WAWV was there.

Special speakers at the event included Polish President Lech Kaczyński who reminded the audience that “not everyone who is strong is right.”

“We gather at the crossroads of tragedy,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the audience, adding that the ceremony “commemorates the past and helps to build a future of decency, truth and hope for mankind.”