Holocaust survivor Eva Kor shares message of forgiveness at Rose-Hulman


Rose-Hulman’s Hatfield Hall auditorium was filled Monday afternoon as the school hosted Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, a person who shares some of the same values as those with Rose-Hulman’s Center of Diversity and Inclusion.

“Her message of healing and moving forward in a positive direction is absolutely one that aligns with the mission of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, which is to promote a campus culture where the individuals unique experience is respected,” said Camille Wallace, interim director of the Center of Diversity and Inclusion.
Kor is a survivor of medical experiments on twins during the Holocaust, that were performed by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Although much wrong was done to her, she has decided to forgive.

“Forgive your worst enemy, it will heal your soul and it will set you free,” Kor said.

It was this message that stuck with many in attendance, like Rose-Hulman student Slater Martin.

“If someone who survived the Holocaust can forgive Nazi doctors, that’s a good sign that we can forgive just about anybody,” Martin said.

Staff with the Center of Diversity and Inclusion hope that Eva’s values of never giving up, respect, and healing, are one’s that everyone took home with them.

“Eva challenged us to re-focus our perspective and turn those obstacles into opportunities, to be kind, and do great things, to move forward and make a difference in the world in a positive way,” Wallace said.

In January of 2020, Kor says she plans to visit Auschwitz for the 75th anniversary of liberation.

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