IAmA survivor of medical experiments performed on twin children at Auschwitz who forgave the Nazis. AMA!
When I was 10 years old, my family and I were taken to Auschwitz. My twin sister Miriam and I were separated from my mother, father, and two older sisters. We never saw any of them again. We became part of a group of twin children used in medical and genetic experiments under the direction of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. I became gravely ill, at which point Mengele told me "Too bad - you only have two weeks to live." I proved him wrong. I survived. In 1993, I met a Nazi doctor named Hans Munch. He signed a document testifying to the existence of the gas chambers. I decided to forgive him, in my name alone. Then I decided to forgive all the Nazis for what they did to me. It didn't mean I would forget the past, or that I was condoning what they did. It meant that I was finally free from the baggage of victimhood. I encourage all victims of trauma and violence to consider the idea of forgiveness - not because the perpetrators deserve it, but because the victims deserve it.
Follow me on twitter @EvaMozesKor Find me on Facebook: Eva Mozes Kor (public figure) and CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center Join me on my annual journey to Auschwitz this summer. Read my book "Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz" Watch the documentary about me titled "Forgiving Dr. Mengele" available on Netflix. The book and DVD are available on the website, as are details about the Auschwitz trip: www.candlesholocaustmuseum.org All proceeds from book and DVD sales benefit my museum, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
EDIT: I got this card today for all the redditors. Wishing everyone to cheer up and have a happy Valentine's Day. The flowers are blooming and spring will come. Sorry I forgot to include a banana for scale.
EDIT: I just took a little break to have some pizza and will now answer some more questions. I will probably stop a little after 2 pm Eastern. Thank you for all your wonderful questions and support!
EDIT: Dear Reddit, it is almost 2:30 PM, and I am going to stop now. I will leave you with the message we have on our marquee at CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana. It says, "Tikkun Olam - Repair the World. Celebrate life. Forgive and heal." This has been an exciting, rewarding, and unique experience to be on Reddit. I hope we can make it again.
With warm regards in these cold days, with a smile on my face and hope in my heart, Eva.