INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — People all across Indiana are remembering Eva Kor, a woman who survived the Holocaust, and what her message means to the world.
Gov. Eric Holcomb officially declared Jan. 27 “Eva Education Day” to make sure Hoosiers will never forget that message.
Eva and her twin sister were 10 years old when they were forced to take part in the Nazi experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele. Unlike many, they both survived and despite the horrors they were subjected to, Eva chose to spend the bulk of her life teaching people how to forgive.
Holcomb talked about what kind of impact Eva had on him and why he chose to dedicate a day in her honor.
“She meant the world, to not just me, but to folks and countries on every continent of this globe,” Holcomb said. “If I can only take away five experiences with me, she’s one of them.”
Jody Blankenship, president and CEO of the Indiana Historical Society, shared with News 8 that he feels privileged to be able to help share Eva’s legacy with people now and for future generations.
Holcomb said he’s learned one thing above all else after getting to know Eva and her story: “Forgiveness does lead to freedom for yourself and for others.”
A crowd of people, of all ages, gathered at the Indiana Historical Society to watch it become official and watch a documentary about Kor’s life.
“Knowing her legacy is going to live on in folks who have never been exposed to her message yet — that’s equally powerful,” Holcomb said.
Hope, healing, humanity: Those are the messages organizers hope people walk away with after learning about Kor’s mission.
Meanwhile, about 1,000 schools across the state and several hundred libraries have received Eva Educational toolkits.
“She’ll be remembered for generations to come now that her message will be in schools,” Holcomb said.
The governor’s office has encouraged all schools to take time out of the day to show students the documentary.