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  Please join us for our Annual Gala -- November 22, 2014

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CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center will host its annual gala on Saturday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m.  The gala will be held at the O’Shaughnessy Hall of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Tickets are $65 per person and may be purchased at CANDLES, or by calling the museum at 812-234-7881 or ordering online at Tickets include dinner and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. 

Guest speaker Alex Sheen, founder of the nonprofit organization and social movement because I said I would, will talk about the work his group is undertaking to improve the world through the power of a promise.

For further information, please contact Nicole Sconce, CANDLES Operations Director, at 812-234-7881 or at



Past Events

For those who cannot attend the above-listed performances, the fully staged and designed production will be performed at ISU's New Theater on July 19th and July 22nd at 7:30 p.m.- normal ticket rates apply. For more information on the ISU performances, please check out:






CANDLES Holocaust Museum to hold vigil commemorating 10-year anniversary of firebombing

On November 18, 2003, Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor was awakened by a terrible phone call from the Terre Haute Police Department: Someone had set fire to the Holocaust museum she had founded. CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center will host a candlelight vigil this Saturday, November 16, at 7:30 pm at the museum (1532 S. 3rd Street) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the fire, celebrate the community's support, and dedicate itself to further unifying the community.

Speakers at the event will celebrate the community’s outpouring of support to rebuild and reopen just 18 months after the hate-fueled firebomb destroyed the museum. The panel includes Magda Brown, a Holocaust survivor from Skokie, Illinois, who will speak about her community’s response to the neo-Nazi march in 1978. Other diverse speakers will discuss the importance of education about respect and diversity, and will provide an opportunity for audience members to share their vision for the community. According to CANDLES Executive Director Kiel Majewski, the goal of the ceremony is to inspire participants to take action to create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive culture.

The symbolic vigil will start with Eva lighting the first candle, then passing it from person to person to show our ability to illuminate each other through education. Participants will then encircle the outside of the museum with their candles lit as a symbol of our responsibility to protect and stand up for others who are threatened by fear, hatred, and violence.

The event is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to attend. For questions or comments, contact:

Kiel Majewski
Executive Director
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

* A 2003 New York Times article on Eva's determination to rebuild after the fire:

* Background on a documentary made about Eva's philosophy of forgiveness (Forgiving Dr. Mengele):