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.

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Come learn about the voyage that brought Curious George to life.

"The Journey that Saved Curious George: 
The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey"

Click the image to learn more about this educational exhibit. July 19th - September 16th

Upcoming Events:

  • August 22nd - “Hidden Child in France” French Survivor Rachel Goldman Miller

    “Hidden Child in France” French Survivor Rachel Goldman Miller
    Wednesday, August 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm at CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    When the Nazis occupied France in 1940, they began their attack on French Jews all over the nation. Starting with limiting education, occupations, and past times, the Germans brought anti-Semitism into the once vibrant center of European culture. In 1942, the Germans began implementing “The Final Solution” within France and began rounding up Jews in mass numbers.

    At the time, Rachel Goldman (now Miller) and her family had relocated to France after escaping persecution in Poland. She recalls having to sew a yellow star onto her clothes and her parents worrying about her and her siblings’ fate. At the age of 9, Rachel’s mother sent her to a country farm to live in hiding with a Catholic family. Rachel’s name was changed to Christine in order to hide her identity. Three days later, all of Rachel’s family was violently rounded up (in what would be known as the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup) and sent to Auschwitz. 93 of Rachel’s relatives were killed during the Holocaust.

    Following the war, Rachel was raised by a surviving aunt and immigrated to the United States. She married, became a mother, and now shares her story around the world. Rachel founded the nonprofit organization "Shaving Israel," which raises money to provide hygiene items for male and female Israeli soldiers. Rachel works on the speaker’s bureau at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Rachel will speak on her experiences before, during, and after the war, including her time in hiding. Her lecture will be followed by a meet-and-greet.

  • August 30th - “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators” Film Screening

    “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators” Film Screening
    Thursday, August 30, 6:00pm - 7:30pm at CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    We all know Curious George—but what about his creators, Hans and Margret Rey: French Jews, global refugees, immigrants, artists, Americans? On makeshift bicycles with sketches of a curious little monkey aboard, they rode across Nazi-occupied Europe in search of freedom that would nurture one of the most treasured children’s book series of all time.

    In 2016, Curious George turned 75 years old. Since the first book was published in 1941, the stories of the adventurous little monkey who frequently finds himself in trouble have sold over 75 million copies in more than 20 languages. However, the story of George’s creators is much less known. The film “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators” explores the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret Rey, whose creative spirits and resilient attitudes produced a monkey loved by the world.

    We invite guests of all ages to this free film screening. Run time: 80 minutes, Unrated.

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