This is Eva Mozes Kor. I don’t know how many of you have heard of her, but I had the privilege to listen to her speak today and wanted to share a bit about her amazing story. It was an experience I will never forget.
Her and her twin sister, Miriam, were subject to the horrible experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele during the holocaust when they were just 10 years old. Dr. Mengele preformed inhumane experimentation on various set of twin (all children), which were usually lethal. This set of twins ended up surviving the concentration camp and went on to start families; Eva married another Holocaust survivor. Miriam eventually died from the experimentation which caused her kidneys to stop growing after age 10.
A while after her sister’s death, she learned to forgive a Nazi doctor by the name of Hans Munch. This helped her move on to forgive Dr. Mengele for what he did to her. After all the pain and suffering he put her through she was able to forgive him and all the other Nazis. Her main reason for doing this was that she did not want to be a victim. Today she runs a Mengele Twins museum in Terre Houte, Indiana named CANDLES. She also lectures on the importance of forgiveness in order to achieve equality and peace.
My main point in sharing this is because of the things I see on Tumblr about people who have had ancestors or their people wronged in the past wanting to get revenge and payback by doing the same to their oppressors. This is not the way to equality. This is not the way that we move forward as a society. Everyone should follow this brilliant woman’s philosophy instead of bottling up anger and hatred inside of them. If she can forgive Dr. Mengele, you can forgive your oppressors and move forward.
“To the surprise of many, she then freed herself from her victim status and announced to the world that—in her name alone–she forgave the Nazis. An incredible weight of suffering was lifted and she felt strong. Offering her forgiveness healed Eva, but it did not mean she would forget or that it changed what happened.” (Taken from the CANDLES website.)
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