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.


Upcoming Events:

  • December 1st - "They Played for Their Lives" Film Screening and Accordion Performance by Survivor Frank Grunwald

    December 1st, 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
    They Played for Their Lives Film Screening and Accordion Performance by Survivor Frank Grunwald

    Through intimate interviews and live performances, They Played for Their Lives artfully portrays how music saved the lives of young musicians. Playing music in the ghettos and concentration camps not only fostered spiritual strength within themselves and others, but often proved a bargaining tool that spared their lives. The documentary follows the personal narratives of eight survivors. Chaim recounts how he saved his father from beatings by teaching an SS officer to play the harmonica. Anita, who played cello in the women’s orchestra in Auschwitz, was spared inhumane forced labor. And little Hellmuth whistled with the band in exchange for extra food and clothing. Each of these unique stories illustrates the power of music to sustain the human soul. At the end of the war, their lives unfold in surprising ways, yet music remains at the core of their memory and legacy.

    Following the film, featured musician, Holocaust survivor, and Indiana resident Frank Grunwald will answer questions and play his accordion.


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