This video is Eva Kor’s account of surviving the Holocaust and Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical experiments on twins at Auschwitz. In 1944, Eva’s family was packed into a cattle car and transported to the Auschwitz death camp. After 70 hours without food or water, Eva and her family emerged onto the selection platform at Auschwitz. Eva’s parents and two older sister were selected to be killed immediately. Eva and her twin sister Miriam were saved to be experimented on. Approximately 1500 sets of twins, 3,000 children, were abused and all but 200 died as a result of these experiments. Eva herself became deathly ill, but through sheer determination, she stayed alive and helped Miriam survive. Watch this video and hear the story of her promise.
This speech was filmed at because I said I would | ONE in Columbus, Ohio on September 6th, 2014. For more information about Eva’s nonprofit, CANDLES Holocaust Museum & Education Center, please click here to visit their website.
In July of 2014, Alex Sheen, Founder of because I said I would, went to Poland to visit the Auschwitz concentration camps with Eva. After this visit Alex made the following remark:
“She spoke to me about the importance of voting. She said that when good people don’t vote, places like Auschwitz can happen. I have missed elections and I have made excuses. I have not taken my freedom to vote seriously enough. I promised her that this would change. I stained this card with the earth at the gates of Auschwitz. I will not dishonor the memory of Eva’s family with apathy.”
A picture of Alex and Eva inside an Auschwitz barracks. Eva is pointing to a picture of herself and her sister on the day of their liberation.