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.

Group visits for Eva Kor's live presentation are now full for Spring 2019. Reservations are still being accepted for Fall 2019.


Upcoming Events:

  • March 7th - The Holocaust: A New Perspective Art Exhibit

    Artworks will be displayed at a reception at CANDLES on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00pm.

    In order to preserve the memory of the Holocaust, Chris Rozmin partnered with CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center to create an art exhibit that seeks to tell the Holocaust from a new, more nuanced perspective. Rather than seeking to vilify or condemn, new perspectives help all parties involved better understand the Holocaust from a more complicated perspective.

    The featured artworks were created by eighth grade, high school, and undergraduate students. They have presented their own perspectives on humanization, forgiveness, and the Holocaust. 

    This is an Eagle Scout project. Developed and led by the scout, an Eagle Scout Service Project is the final stage in a scout’s leadership training. As described in the Scout handbook, a Scout will “plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting. The project plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, the Scoutmaster and troop committee, and the council or district before it begins.

  • March 10th - CANDLES New Theater and Exhibit Opening

    CANDLES will be open for a special public event on Sunday, March 10th from 1:00-4:00pm EST. 

    Please join us for the opening of our new exhibit, “My Story Matters,” and our interactive Dimensions in Testimony™ theater, a groundbreaking initiative developed by the USC Shoah Foundation to preserve and share Holocaust survivor stories.

    USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony™ invites you to learn from Holocaust survivors like Eva Kor in a new way. Through interactive testimony, you can ask questions of survivor images, one-on-one, guided by your curiosity and interests. You may want to know more about their lives before, during, or after the Holocaust. Or you may want to learn about their experience with hate, love, and resilience in the face of adversity. We hope your interaction leads to deeper reflection on the meaning and consequences of the Holocaust.

    “My Story Matters” asks you to consider your own life story as a way to enrich your interaction with Dimensions in Testimony™ survivor stories. In this exhibit, you are encouraged to define your own identity, connect your story with others across cultures, and reflect on your choices for caring for people in your community. Ultimately, we hope you leave this exhibit informed, curious, and inspired to make a difference.



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