LPCSC to host “The Story of Eva” on January 27th
LPCSC will be hosting a showing of “The Story of Eva” in the Performing Arts Center on January 27th at 6:30 p.m.
Eva Kor was a woman who lived some of the worst days in human history during the Holocaust and somehow survived and–even more impressively–thrived.
A familiar face and his wife experienced the true depth and magnitude of Kor by taking a trip to Auschwitz with Kor as the leader.
Mr. Francesconi, LPCSC superintendent, and his wife Laura took a leap and explored one of the most known locations in the world.
“My wife Laura had been reading about the Jewish Holocaust and learned of Eva Kor and her story,” Francesconi said. “Laura wanted to go and thought I would like to know more about the Holocaust since I am sort of a history buff.”
The Francesconi’s left for Auschwitz, and they had one of the most rewarding trips of their life.
“Getting to know her on the trip led to appreciating her spirit and the way she maintained her focus on getting the word out about the Holocaust,” Mr. Francesconi said. “More impressive though was the way she grew herself by learning that hate was not resolving anything and that forgiveness was the way for victims to heal themselves. This was not a well accepted approach by her own people and many couldn’t accept what she was doing. She stood firm despite her many struggles including surviving Auschwitz.”
Since LPCSC’s very own superintendent was able to experience her love and forgiveness of her life, he decided that it was necessary to host a night to honor her bravery and heart. With the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the recent death of Kor, Francesconi wanted to shine a light on the incredible light that was Eva Kor.
Kor was taken to Auschwitz when she was 10 years old. She had lost most of her family in the gas chambers: her mother, father, and two older sisters. However, her twin sister, Miriam survived and were tested with Dr. Josef Mengele’s mixtures, not knowing if they were dangerous.
When Kor moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, she wasn’t understood by anyone. No one could completely grasp the trauma Kor had been put through during the Holocaust, so it took her a while to finally find her home in America.
In the 1970s, the Holocaust was becoming more talked about in the United States, which opened up Kor’s world and she began opening up about what she had been through.
She founded CANDLEs–Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors– in 1984. 11 years later, a museum with the same meaning was opened.
In addition to the CANDLEs foundation and museum, Kor enjoyed touring people around Auschwitz, telling her story and helping them see the magnitude of the Holocaust.
Kor’s is a story that should be honored and remembered. Join LPCSC on the 27th to hear why Kor’s legacy will live on forever.