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Romanian-Born Holocaust Survivor, Activist Eva Kor Dies At Age 85

Eva Kor
Eva Kor

Romanian-born Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who advocated for forgiveness even for those who carried out the World War II-era atrocities, has died at age 85, her son says.

Kor was in Krakow, Poland, on a trip representing the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center that she had founded in Terre Haute, Indiana, when she died on July 4.

Kor was a Jewish native of Romania who was sent in 1941 to the Auschwitz concentration camp operated by Nazis in the Polish town of Oswiecim.

Most of her family was killed by the Nazis at the concentration camp. But she and her twin sister survived, although they were subjected to inhumane medical experiments.

After the Soviet army liberated the camp in 1945, the sisters moved to Romania to live with an aunt.

They left for Israel when they were 16, and both served in the army.

Kor, who married a fellow Holocaust survivor, later moved to Indiana, where she lived for more than 30 years.

In 1985, she founded CANDLES, or Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors to "prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust."

She often gave lectures, wrote an autobiography, and appeared in documentaries, usually sharing her message of forgiveness.

Her sister, Miriam Zeiger, died in 1993 of cancer.

Based on reporting by AP and CNN