- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A western Indiana museum founded by a Holocaust survivor has acquired a building in downtown Terre Haute for a possible expansion of the center, which is devoted to understanding the impact of hatred and prejudice.

Kiel Majewski, the executive director of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, said the museum purchased the building as a possible future site of the museum. The building had once been slated for conversion to loft apartments.

He said the building’s location near Terre Haute’s arts corridor, three other museums and the city’s main library make it an attractive possible future site for the CANDLES museum in the city about 70 miles west of Indianapolis.

“We saw a really nice potential with this location, which is in a perfect setting downtown,” Majewski told the Tribune-Star (https://bit.ly/1ip7vOg ).

Holocaust survivor Eva Kor founded the CANDLES museum in 1995. CANDLES stands for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Experiments Survivors.

Kor’s family was taken by the Nazis from Romania along with other Jewish prisoners in 1944, and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. She and a twin sister survived medical experiments overseen by the brutal Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, but their parents and two older sisters died at Auschwitz.

In 2003, the CANDLES museum was destroyed by an arsonist who also apparently spray-painted “Remember Timmy McVeigh” on a museum wall. Timothy McVeigh, who shared sympathies with white supremacists, was executed at a federal prison outside Terre Haute in 2001 for the Oklahoma City bombing.

A new museum that was built and opened at the site in 2005 includes among its displays books and photos charred in that still-unsolved arson.

CANDLES is currently focusing on raising money for Kor, an 81-year Terre Haute resident, to become one of 12 Holocaust survivors to have her history at Auschwitz recorded as a three-dimensional hologram.

Majewski said that hologram would be recorded in a partnership with USC Shoah Foundation, an institute for visual history and education, and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.


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

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