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Eva Kor, Holocaust Survivor, on Thursday's Access Utah

Monday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day; so designated because January 27, 1945 was the day that the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Soviet troops. We’ll mark the occasion on Thursday by revisiting a conversation with Eva Kor, a Holocaust survivor and victim of Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical experiments on twins at Auschwitz. Mengele was given the name “Angel of Death,” because of his position as a SS physician in charge of selecting which new prisoners of the camp would be killed or selected for forced labor. Kor and her sister launched a search for other twins who survived Mengele’s experiments and located 122 individual survivors.

She founded C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Holocaust museum in Indiana. In 1995, she made headlines for issuing a personal “Declaration of Amnesty” to those individuals responsible for the Holocaust.  Her act of forgiveness inspired some and angered others. Eva Kor gave a talk on forgiveness titled “Encountering Dr. Mengele” in April 2013  at Utah State University as a part of a symposium series on the Holocaust presented by the USU Religious Studies Program.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.