Governor Holcomb Honors Holocaust Survivor with 2017 Sachem Award


The Sachem Award is the highest honor given to just one Hoosier each year. This year that award makes its way to the Wabash Valley.

Holocaust survivor Eva Kor is well-known in Terre Haute. Now all of Indiana can learn her incredible story.

Governor Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana) made a stop in Terre Haute Friday to recognize Kor’s dedication to civility and forgiveness.

Kor is a woman of many words, but says she was left speechless after a visit with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Friday.

“I’m really am very, very, surprised and honored that they would pick me,” says Kor.

Kor is the recipient of the 2017 Sachem Award, the highest honor given in Indiana.

“Sometimes the world can be a dark place,” says Holcomb, “but she’s proven through forgiveness life can get better, and that’s a message I think more people need to not just hear, but live out as she has done.”

She joins an elite group, among names like Father Hesburgh, John Wooden, and Bill and Gloria Gaither. A group known as Hoosier state treasures.

“Eva is overly deserving to be on that list, so it was really my honor as much as it is her honor to be able to award her my first Sachem,” says Holcomb.

The governor told Kor he’s never been to Auschwitz before.

“Nobody really understands what Auschwitz is. It is a place where the worst of humanity came to fruition,” says Kor.

She invited him to see the concentration camp with her first-hand. An offer Holcomb agreed to take her up on.

“I’ve done a little traveling, but I’ve never been there,” says Holcomb, “so to have someone with her experience, and her insight, and intellect showing you around. I don’t think it could get any better than that.”

The official ceremony for the 2017 Sachem Award will take place in Indianapolis on April 13th.

Each Sachem honoree receives a specially-designed sculpture that captures the Native American heritage of the Sachem. All Sachem recipients are selected by Indiana’s governor.

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