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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.

Observing the one-year anniversary of Eva Kor’s death.

Eva unexpectedly died in Poland on July 4th, 2019, as she was getting ready to travel to Auschwitz I and share her story with our trip participants. During her time, Eva touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people by sharing her incredible story of surviving the Holocaust and Dr. Mengele's experiments. Her life lessons of never giving up, battling prejudice and hatred, being the best we can be, and using our minds and individual power to heal the world continue to have resounding effects across the globe. To replace Eva is impossible; our goal must be to keep going on the path she started. We must take Eva’s story into each of our worlds and teach it to others. We thank Eva for giving her heart and soul to creating CANDLES and spreading her message to any and all who would hear it. You are greatly missed, Eva. We will continue your legacy.

We are open!  Join us during our temporarily revised hours of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM EST.

Masks will be required by everyone inside the building (If you do not own a mask, we have some available). We kindly request all patrons who may be feeling ill to stay home and visit at a later date. Please feel free to call the museum at 812.234.7881 or email if you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit.

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