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Holocaust Survivor Awarded Indiana’s Highest Honor

Gov. Eric Holcomb awards the 2017 Sachem award, the state’s highest honor, to Eva Mozes Kor of Terre Haute, Indiana.

Indiana’s governor praised Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor’s mission of forgiveness as he awarded her the state’s highest honor.

A crowd of a couple hundred people applauded as Kor received the Sachem Award during a Thursday ceremony in Indianapolis. This is the first time Holcomb has presented the Sachem Award. It’s given to recognize accomplishment and moral virtue.

“She is the living embodiment of true compassion,” Holcomb says. “Her life proves there are no bounds on forgiveness, on human decency. Eva shows what our response should be to acts of bigotry and hatred through her daily mission to educate people and spread messages of peace and respect and civility.”

Kor founded the Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors museum in Terre Haute in 1985 and has since championed forgiveness for the Holocaust atrocities.

“I am trying to teach the world to heal through forgiveness,” Kor says. “I am asking every sing one of you to join me and the Governor in this much-needed endeavor, and to let forgiveness and healing start from the heart of this nation right here in Indiana.”

The 83-year-old Jewish native of Romania was sent in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where most of her family was killed. Kor and her twin sister survived, but were subjected to inhumane medical experiments before their liberation in 1945.

Sara Wittmeyer contributed to this report. 

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