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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.

On April 30, 1995, Holocaust survivor Eva Kor founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in honor of her twin sister, Miriam. This year we are celebrating the milestones and challenges that Eva and the museum have gone through over the last 25 years.

Eva began the museum with a clear mission in mind: share her story and teach the children of Indiana about the Holocaust. Now her mission has bloomed into a worldwide movement.

Please join us in celebrating this anniversary, which is bittersweet since Eva is no longer with us. However, we take up the charge she left behind to continue the work that she left unfinished. We dedicate the next 25 years to Eva, and we thank all who have supported and continue to support us so CANDLES can thrive for many years to come. 

There are several ways you can help us celebrate our anniversary. Watch the video below or the recorded ceremony on CANDLES' Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. View our new "History of CANDLES" online exhibit. Donate to our "$25,000 for 25 Years" anniversary campaign, which will run throughout the rest of 2020 to raise funds for CANDLES' future. Share with us your stories and memories of Eva and CANDLES. We look forward to celebrating this event with you in person whenever the museum can safely reopen. Thank you for being part of the CANDLES family.



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