TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Eva Kor passed away suddenly on July 4, 2019 while on an annual trip to Auschwitz.

Alex Kor, Eva’s son, said the past year has been a challenge without his mother.

“There’s a lot of daily like activities but in the greater sense you know I miss my mom. For the last 10-15 years I would either talk to my mom or text her everyday… Sometimes even more than once per day. Usually that would occur late in the day, leaving work I would text her. That’s probably the time that I miss her the most,” Kor said.

Eva Kor founded the Candles Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute in 1995, where she taught a message of forgiveness.

Kor said he will work to keep his mother’s message alive in anyway that he can by speaking about her experience whenever the opportunity presents itself.

“I think it’s important that we especially in this day and age don’t forget about the holocaust we don’t forget what happened at the holocaust, during the holocaust, at Auschwitz and the other camps…And more important than that, what lessons can we learn from those terrible experiences to help us out in the year 2020 and beyond,” he said.

Peggy Grabowski is a local teacher who got to know Eva through the years between going on the annual trip and local events.

She said her personality is one that she’ll never forget.

“She was just like this feisty woman, but she had a heart full of gold. Sometimes people misunderstood her, but she reached so many. As a teacher to see her impact the students in such a positive way, that’s what we want. We want those type of citizens in our world,” she said.

Grabowski said she would like to see the community recognize our local history.

“I really wish the community would go there more and know that there’s so many wonderful programs there that are free. I really wish the community would do that especially during these times. We’re so divided as a nation that the candles museum is that place to go and learn,” she noted.

Kor said he is working with the Indiana Historical Society on an exhibit in Indianapolis to honor his mother.