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What does “CANDLES” stand for?
“CANDLES” is an acronym for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors. Eva Kor chose “CANDLES” because she wishes to shed light on this chapter of the Holocaust.

When was the CANDLES organization founded?
Eva Mozes Kor, with help from her twin sister, Miriam Mozes Zieger, founded CANDLES in 1984 as an organization through which they could launch an effort to locate other surviving Mengele twins. The sisters placed small advertisements in Israel newspapers explaining CANDLES' efforts to locate the twins in order to shed light on what they had suffered at the hands of the Nazis. As a result of their efforts, Eva and Miriam were able to locate 122 individual Mengele twins living in ten countries and four continents. The search for more twins continues to this day.

When was the museum opened?
Eva Kor opened CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1995. Due to arson, the museum was destroyed in 2003. Two years later, in April 2005, the museum reopened and remains an important part of the community today.

What are the museum’s hours of operation?

      Tuesday-Friday:               10:00 am to 4:00 pm
      Saturday:                         10:00 pm to 4:00 pm
      Sunday, Monday:             Closed

What is the admission fee?
The admission fee is $5 per person. Children under the age of 6 years will be admitted free of charge. There is also a $20 family rate for the immediate family.

School and other large groups should contact the museum in advance.

What is the museum’s contact information?

      Phone: (812) 234-7881
      Fax: (812) 478-2824
      Address: 1532 South Third Street, Terre Haute, IN  47802

How long do docent lectures normally last?
Lectures normally last between 1½ to 2 hours.

How do I find information about the museum’s annual trip to Auschwitz?
The trip itinerary, estimated costs, and scholarship application are available on this website. You may also email Nicole Sconce at or call (812) 234-7881.