TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Eva Kor’s legacy reached across the world, including in the Wabash Valley, where she settled down and created the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
But perhaps her greatest legacy will be that of the woman who overcame her own childhood traumas to raise two children of her own.
Her whole life was not just the Holocaust.Alex Kor, Eva Kor’s son
To the world, Eva Kor was a beloved Holocaust survivor, a speaker, and an educator. But to her son, Alex, she was so much more.
“Her whole life was not just the Holocaust… She’s funny, she’s clever, she’s creative, she’s smart. She was a great mother, a great mother to me and my sister, and she held our family together, she was the rock of our family,” Alex said.
While trying to process her passing Thursday, Alex spoke of his mother’s ability to touch the lives of those she met in a way he’d never seen before.
“Her great gift is that she could relate to so many people, so many different levels, whether it’s a 10-year-old kid or an 85-year-old person she could relate to anybody and she had this uncanny ability to draw out what was bothering somebody,” Alex said.
Alex says the greatest lesson his mother taught him was to never, ever give up.
“Thirty-something years ago I had cancer, you know I was scared to death, and she said you know, your father’s a survivor, I’m a survivor, you’re gonna be a survivor,” Alex said.
A survivor with a purpose and a message she lived out until her last day.
“Yesterday, we were at Auschwitz and she told a very, um, she had a very moving speech at the selection platform and somebody in the front row was crying, and she said why are you crying? You should be happy I survived,” Alex said.
CANDLES Holocaust Museum will be closed until Tuesday, July 9 in honor of Eva Kor. A public service will be announced at a later date.