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Holocaust survivor Eva Kor: "I would tell Mengele that I forgive him"Eva Kor was sent to Auschwitz with her twin sister in 1944 where she underwent experiments by the "Angel of Death," Dr. Josef Mengele. Decades later, following a chance meeting with a former Nazi doctor, she decided to forgive: "We can change the way we look at the Holocaust."
Watch: Eva Kor returns to Auschwitz, hand in hand with a Nazi doctor, to forgive
Eva Kor was sent to Auschwitz with her twin sister in 1944 where she underwent experiments by the "Angel of Death," Dr. Josef Mengele. Decades later, following a chance meeting with a former Nazi doctor, she decided to forgive: "We can change the way we look at the Holocaust."
In 1944, Eva Kor and her family were deported from Hungary to Auschwitz. They lined up for the selection and Eva was left alone with her identital twin sister; saved from the gas chambers, the two were sent to Mengele's experimental lab.
While at Auschwitz, Eva became very ill and was told that she had only two weeks to live. Somehow, she and her sister survived the horrors of the Holocaust and at the end of the war, each ended up living where they had always wanted- Eva in the United States and her sister Miriam in Israel. Unfortunately, Miriam died a few years later due to a medical complication apparently caused by one of Mengele's experiments.
According to Eva, a turning point in her perspective on the Holocaust was when she met a Nazi doctor in Germany and realized that he regretted what had happened. She asked him to accompany her to Auschwitz and made him sign a written testimony as evidence to all Holocaust deniers.
"I wanted to thank him for being prepared to come to Auschwitz and sign the document," she said. "Suddenly I had the strength, which I did not know I had, to forgive even the Angel of Death," she explained. "I was no longer a victim of Mengele, I was free from the past and all of the pain that Mengele brought into my life. You can not forget but you can live without the pain."
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