Leon & Helen Sperling Holocaust Lecture

By Cindy McNicholl

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

April 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Location: Jewish Community Center

Phone: 3157332343

Event Description

The Annual Helen and Leon Sperling Holocaust Memorial Lecture will be held on Monday, April 23, 7:30 PM at the Jewish Community Center, 2310 Oneida Street, Utica.
Eva Mozes Kor will be the guest speaker; her talk will be, “Surviving Auschwitz as a Mengele Twin”.

In 1944, Eva and her family were loaded with other Jewish prisoners onto a cattle car and transported to the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. There Eva and her twin Miriam were ripped from their parents and sisters, and never saw them again. They became part of a group of children who were used as human guinea pigs in genetic experiments under the direction of Dr. Josef Mengele. Approximately 1500 sets of twins - 3000 children - were abused, and most died as a result of these experiments. Only 200 children (approximately) were found alive by the Soviet Army at the liberation of the camp on January 27, 1945.

In 1978 Eva enlisted the help of her twin, Miriam, to try to locate other survivors of Mengele’s deadly experiments. In 1984 Eva founded CANDLES, Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors. As a result of the Mozes twins’ efforts, 122 individual Mengele twins living across 10 countries and 4 continents were reconnected.

In 1995, Eva opened a small museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, her home since 1960. The museum housed various artifacts from Auschwitz and documents relating to Mengele. Thousands of people have visited the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center since it opened. Through an ever-broadening vision, CANDLES teaches its visitors the importance of respect, equality, the power of forgiveness, and peace.

Eva Mozes Kor is the author of “Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz”.

The public is invited to this free lecture.
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