CANDLES celebrates 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation with special livestream event

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Monday marks the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, it also marks the first Eva Kor Education Day in Indiana.

Kor, a Auschwitz survivor, founded CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute. She died in July.

Alex Kor, the son of the late Eva Kor said this year’s trip has been a difficult one.

“You know I’ve always come to these with my mom and I was very proud to be there. I was very proud to be there today. But it was different because you know she wasn’t there,” said Kor.

Monday night, CANDLES Museum will commemorate the 75th anniversary with a special live-stream event of Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman speaking at a special ceremony taking place at the Memorial site. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Leah Simpson, CANDLES Executive Director, said we’re connected to history through the stories of the Holocaust survivors.

“We’re connected today through the survivors telling their stories. We are connected because we were there but it’s that connection to the history that helps us really remember the history and feel so passionate about learning about it,” said Simpson.

When Elizabeth Holtzman became the youngest woman in American history elected to Congress, she hadn’t spent much time thinking about Nazi war criminals. But when a whistleblower revealed perpetrators living in the United States – and that the federal government had full knowledge of their crimes – the junior Congresswoman used the power of her office to serve justice. Join us as Congresswoman Holtzman shares how her landmark legislation led to the investigation and deportation of dozens of Nazi war criminals.

A candlelight vigil will be held following the event.

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