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Candles Holocaust Museum, Terre Haute

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CANDLES is an acronym for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors. The CANDLES organization was founded in 1984 by Eva Mozes Kor with help from her twin sister, Miriam Mozes Zieger, to launch an effort to locate other surviving Mengele twins. As a result of their efforts, Eva and Miriam were able to locate 122 individual Mengele twins living in ten countries and four continents. The search for more twins continues to this day.

In 1995, Eva opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute. In 2003, the museum was firebombed by an arsonist and burned to the ground. With support from the community and organizations, a new museum building opened in 2005 and remains an important part of the community today. The museum draws increasing numbers of visitors every year, many coming from long distances.
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  • We enjoyed visiting the museum! Perhaps the highlight was watching the holographic image of Eva, answering questions posed by the audience. It was a moving experience.  more »
  • This was my second visit. Such a wonderful display of reading material about a survivor's story. Very somber to read about the accounts the Jews and others endured. Very educational! The talking...  more »
  • Small museum with significant personal view of Auschwitz. It is good to remember so we do not repeat the horror. The hologram of Eva was interesting and it felt as if she was with us. Rest in peace and may she be with all the loved ones she lost.
  • Fantastic little museum, so educational. The best part was meeting Walter, we were lucky enough to go on a Wednesday when Walter was giving a talk about growing up in Germany, he isn't a Holocaust survivor himself but it was so interesting to hear about his experience during that time. There is also a wonderful interactive exhibit in the back where there's a video projection of Eva and you can ask her questions about her experiences, it was really interesting & at the same time so heartbreaking to hear the things she survived. I highly recommend this museum. Also the two young men working there that day were so friendly & nice.

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