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.


Upcoming Events:

  • October 25th - Jonathan Alpierye: The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria

    October 25th, 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. EST
    Jonathan Alpierye: The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria

    Capturing history was Jonathan’s job, but he never expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the French American photojournalist had weaved in and out of over a dozen conflict zones. He photographed civilians being chased out of their homes, military trucks roving over bullet-torn battlefields, and too many bodies to count. But on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels.

    For 81 days he was bound, blindfolded, and beaten. Not too far away, President Bashar al Assad’s forces and those in opposition continued their bitter and bloody civil war. Over the course of his captivity, Jonathan kept his spirits up and strived to see, without his camera lenses, the humanity in his captors. He took part in their activities, taught them how to swim, prayed with them, and tried learning their language and culture. He also discovered a dormant faith within himself, which strengthened him throughout the ordeal. Jonathan shares his amazing and inspirational story in his book, The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria.

  • November 9th & 10th - 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht Remembrance

    November 9th and 10th at 1:00pm EST
    80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht Remembrance

    Beginning on the evening of November 9, 1938, nationwide violent anti-Jewish pogroms began in Germany. The wave of violence spread into Austria and Czechoslovakia. Kristallnacht, or “night of crystal,” is often referred to as the “night of broken glass” because of the shattered glass that covered the streets after the Nazis finished terrorizing synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses. Over 30,000 Jewish men were arrested on no cause and transferred to concentration camps; it was the first official roundup of the Holocaust.

    We will begin our remembrance of Kristallnacht on Friday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m. EST. Kristallnacht survivor and Holocaust historian Walter Sommers will give a presentation about his experiences. Walter will share his story again on Saturday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m. along with local Indiana State University Professor Dr. Chris Fischer. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a candlelighting ceremony in honor of the victims of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust.

  • November 15th - Rais Bhuiyan: The True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas

    November 10th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm EST
    Rais Bhuiyan: The True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas

    Just 10 days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Rais Bhuiyan was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas, when he was shot in the face by a man named Mark Stroman. Stroman was on a shooting spree, targeting people who appeared to be Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent. Bhuiyan, the only survivor of the attacks, looked to his faith in order to find and offer forgiveness to his attacker, who was sentenced to death. Through his forgiveness, Bhuiyan befriended Stroman and attempted, unsuccessfully, to prevent his execution.

    Rais Bhuiyan shares his experiences through his organization, World Without Hate, which is dedicated to eradicating ignorance, hate, and violence by educating people about the transformational power of mercy and forgiveness. This organization is striving to create a more just and accepting world by building bridges and fostering healthy human growth through compassion, empathy, and understanding. Bhuiyan currently holds a position with Sabre Holdings, a global technology company, in Southlake, Texas. His time is divided between managing a team of system engineers and data centers in Europe and touring the globe giving presentations about the regenerative power of forgiveness.

  • December 1st - "They Played for Their Lives" Film Screening and Accordion Performance by Survivor Frank Grunwald

    December 1st, 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
    They Played for Their Lives Film Screening and Accordion Performance by Survivor Frank Grunwald

    Through intimate interviews and live performances, They Played for Their Lives artfully portrays how music saved the lives of young musicians. Playing music in the ghettos and concentration camps not only fostered spiritual strength within themselves and others, but often proved a bargaining tool that spared their lives. The documentary follows the personal narratives of eight survivors. Chaim recounts how he saved his father from beatings by teaching an SS officer to play the harmonica. Anita, who played cello in the women’s orchestra in Auschwitz, was spared inhumane forced labor. And little Hellmuth whistled with the band in exchange for extra food and clothing. Each of these unique stories illustrates the power of music to sustain the human soul. At the end of the war, their lives unfold in surprising ways, yet music remains at the core of their memory and legacy.

    Following the film, featured musician, Holocaust survivor, and Indiana resident Frank Grunwald will answer questions and play his accordion.


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