- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A new permanent exhibit telling the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of survivor Eva Kor is expected to open in mid-October, thanks to a $20,900 award from 100+ Women Who Care.

The female philanthropist group presented Kor with the award Thursday at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute. CANDLES is an acronym for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors.

“I am very honored, excited and thankful that (the 100+ Women Who Care) have chosen CANDLES for this $20,900 contribution that we will use to do a whole exhibit … that will stage the Holocaust through my eyes. Also at the end, we will have a part where we will ask visitors their opinion,” Kor said.

“We want them to be the change that you want to see in society. That is very important. Every single one of us can make a difference, and we want the people in the community, as well as visitors coming from near and far, to realize that they can do that,” Kor told the Tribune-Star (https://bit.ly/1tnXjYa ).

The museum has been successful because of the support of the Terre Haute community, she said.

Kor, a member of 100+ Women Who Care, walked some members through a space that will house the exhibit in nine areas. First is the birthplace of Kor, 80, in Portz, Romania, followed by an exhibit of the rise of the Nazi party in Europe. It then shows “ghettos” where Kor’s family was taken, said Dorothy Chambers, museum program coordinator.

“There will be a giant wall mural of Auschwitz, showing the main building of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Then an exhibit will show life in the barracks as well as medical experimentation,” Chambers said.

The next exhibit is liberation — life after the concentration camp. Then Kor’s road to forgiveness, followed by the story of a 2003 arson of the museum, with the final exhibit called “be the change,” to encourage individual action against hatred and violence.

“This is the ultimate in democracy,” said Beth Tevlin, executive director of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and a member of 100+ Women, said of the award to the museum. After a random drawing of three charities, members of 100+ Women will listen to presentations about the charities, and then each member votes to select one of the three that will receive a grant, Tevlin said.

“Whichever organization gets the most votes, everyone then makes a check out to that organization,” Tevlin said. “Talk about pure and simple, that is it.”

Members commit to $500 a year, with $100 set aside for an endowment fund. The female organization has 209 members and has provided grants totaling $139,800 to nonprofit and charity organizations, as well as raising more than $40,000 for an endowment fund at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

Kor founded the CANDLES museum in 1995. She survived the genetic experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Later this month, Kor said she will go to Auschwitz to be part of a documentary of survivors, which includes CNN anchor Wolf Blizter, who is a son of Holocaust survivors.

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Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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