Indiana's Only Holocaust Museum

In 1995, Eva Mozes Kor opened 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 Statement Against Hate

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center strongly condemns the hateful words and actions by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, who seek to promote fear and violence in our communities. We reject their emboldened charge to obstruct every person’s right to a life of dignity and equality.

Auschwitz survivor and CANDLES founding director Eva Kor shares this statement: “I strongly oppose the racist and antisemitic activities by neo-Nazi groups and other extremists in America. I never imagined there would be groups waving Nazi flags in this country. Violence and hatred will never, ever solve our problems. Instead, we must remember that we are all human beings who want the same things in life. When we learn about each other, we can build trust and mutual respect in our communities.”

As a Holocaust museum, we bear witness to the horrific outcome that can result when people remain silent to injustice. And we also share stories of people who chose to stand up to protect the rights of neighbors and strangers.

At CANDLES, we firmly believe that individual choices can make positive changes in our community today. We invite you to join us to help make the world a welcoming and supportive place for everyone. Perhaps you can reach out to a victim of a bias crime or incident with a caring phone call or email. You can invite a student from outside your peer group to join you for lunch in the cafeteria. You can work with places of worship, schools, and other community organizations to spread messages of respect and equality. You can ask and expect political leaders to denounce unequivocally any act of hatred and prejudice expressed or committed in our country and the world.

Our mission is to shine a light on the Holocaust and Eva Kor to illuminate the world with hope, healing, respect, and responsibility.



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Eva Kor recommends 7th Circuit help victims to forgive
The Indiana Lawyer
At the dinner commemorating the 66th annual meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association...


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The grand marshal for the 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade will be Eva Mozes Kor...
 

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