TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Walter Sommers knew Eva Kor for years.
“She was a member of our small Jewish community,” he explained.
Having fled Nazi Germany to avoid persecution, and losing family to concentration camps, Sommers understood the ache left by the Holocaust.
“She was a very depressed person, very unhappy,” he said.
The Eva Kor the world came to know wasn’t the same Eva Kor Sommers first met.
That is, until she decided to do something drastic.
Something that would help her heal.
Eva Kor forgave the Nazis.
“It was an enormous change in her life over a very short period of time. It just made her into a different person,” Sommers recalled. “A very active hard working person. A very positive thinking person. And I mean she was a different Eva Kor.”
Sommers says the impact she had on the community, the nation and the world is unforgettable.
And that her message must live on, “We will continue to tell her story and preach forgiveness.”