TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — On July 4th, the world was shocked to hear of the passing of Holocaust survivor, activist, and Wabash Valley resident Eva Kor.
Close friends and loved ones came gathered at DeBaun Funeral Home on Saturday to prepare their final goodbyes.
Her son Alex says her passing is personal.
“At the end of the day, it’s not some type of icon. It’s not somebody that people look up to. It’s my mom,” he said.
A close friend of Eva’s, Bob Bruce, said she left a strong mark on her life.
“She helped me be a better person. It’s easy to get caught up in yourself and your day-to-day life. And she helped me look at life from a different perspective,” he said.
According to Eva’s family and friends, she has unfinished business that they will continue.
“I think for people that want to learn what happened and maybe some of the lessons that my mom has been teaching the world. I can at least make sure that people are aware of those lessons and maybe motivate people to get more involved than they currently are,” Alex said.
According Bob Bruce, Eva will be remembered for what she stood for and he plans to continue her legacy.
Most of all, hey say there’s so much that will keep Eva’s memory alive.
“She’s so much more than a survivor who forgave. I think she was someone that had a great sense of humor. She was a great mother to my sister and I. She was a great motivator. She wasn’t without fault like all humans. I think she had a real passion to educate the public about her experience. And more importantly, how those experiences can be turned into lessons and challenges for people to move forward in this day and age.
Alex Kor said he plans to work closely with Candles Museum and soon there will be a movie by WFY called Eva-A7063 that will tell her impacting story.
He also thanks the Wasbash Valley, and those beyond, for their outpouring of support during their time of grieving.