The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Presents
“The Triumph of the Human Spirit: From Auschwitz to Forgiveness”
Eva Mozes Kor to Speak at Kristallnacht Commemorations
November 9 • Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota
November 10 • Epiphany Cathedral in Venice
The celebrated Holocaust survivor, forgiveness advocate and public speaker will speak about the human spirit’s power to overcome atrocities, trauma and injustice.
(Sarasota-Manatee) Kristallnacht (“Night of Crystal” in German) is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms that took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of Czechoslovakia occupied by German troops. To mark this year’s observance of Kristallnacht, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is presenting Holocaust survivor, forgiveness advocate and revered public speaker, Eva Mozes Kor, Monday, November 9, 7 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Kor will give a second presentation on Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m., at Parrish Center at Epiphany Cathedral, 224 Harbor Drive North in Venice. Both events are free to the public. For more information, call Orna Nissan 941-552-6305 or register online at www.jfedsrq.org/events.
In 1944, Eva and her family were loaded into a cattle car packed with other Jewish prisoners and transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Eva and her twin sister Miriam were just 10 years old. At Auschwitz, the girls were ripped apart from their mother, father and two older sisters, never to see any of them again. Eva and Miriam became part of a group of children used as human guinea pigs in genetic experiments, under the direction of the now infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. Approximately 1,500 sets of twins were abused, and most died as a result of these experiments. Eva herself became gravely ill, but through sheer determination, she stayed alive and helped Miriam survive. Approximately 200 children were found alive by the Soviet Army at the liberation of the camp on January 27, 1945. The majority of the children were Mengele twins. Eva and Miriam Mozes were among them.
In 1995, Kor opened CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a mission to prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust. Thousands of people, including many school groups, have visited CANDLES since it opened.
“Powered by a never-give-up attitude, Eva has emerged from a trauma-filled childhood as a brilliant example of the human spirit’s power to overcome. She is a community leader, champion of human rights, and tireless educator. We’re honored to be able to present her to our community,” says Howard Tevlowitz, executive director of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.
There will be a book signing directly after the presentation with books for sale. For more information about this event, call Orna Nissan at 941-552-6305 or visit online at www.jfedsrq.org/events.
About The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.