Indiana's Only Holocaust Museum

In 1995, Eva Mozes Kor opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, with a mission to prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust. Thousands of people, including many school groups, have visited CANDLES since it opened. In 2003, the museum was destroyed by a hate-filled arsonist. Eva vowed to rebuild, and with the help of a generous public outpouring of support, the museum was rebuilt and reopened in 2005. CANDLES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Visitor Appreciation Days at CANDLES

To honor our visitors, CANDLES is offering free admission to the museum on the following dates:
Saturday, January 4th, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Saturday, July 11th, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The museum is open from 10:00am - 4:00pm Eastern time.
Please call 812.234.7881 or email for more information.

Upcoming Events:

  • December 19th - Next-Generation Speaker Series featuring Ed and Esther Davidson

    Next-Generation Speaker Series featuring Ed and Esther Davidson
    Thursday, December 19th, 2019
    11:30am EST

    Ed will tell the story of his father Samuel, who was born in Riga, Latvia in 1901 and immigrated to America in 1923. Having become fluent in Russian and German before immigrating to the United States, Samuel was hired to serve as a translator during the Nuremberg Trials. His father’s experiences inspired Ed to join the U.S. Army, where he served for more than 20 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Ed will also discuss the Nazi Concentration Camp system and provide a virtual tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp.

    Esther was born in Końskowola, Poland in 1941, two years after the German occupation began. When the persecution of Jews intensified and her parents realized they could no longer stay in Poland, they convinced their neighbor Reba, a Catholic woman, to raise Esther as her granddaughter until they could be reunited after the war. Esther will share her childhood memories with pictures of lost family and discuss the trauma of separation, surviving a tragic war, living in a displaced persons camp, and what it was like coming to America.

    Admission is $5 per person and is open to the public.

    The Next-Generation Speaker Series features Holocaust and genocide survivors’ children and grandchildren telling stories of their family members to put human faces on historical events and share their own experiences. There is a Next-Generation speaker on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, email

    CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
    1532 South Third Street
    Terre Haute, IN 47802

  • January 4th - Free Admission for Visitor Appreciation Day at CANDLES

    To honor our visitors, CANDLES is offering free admission to the museum on this day.

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