Interview with Author and Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor
It is always an honor to be granted an interview by an author. It is also rare to be able to converse with someone who is the main character in a story. I was thrilled when Mrs. Eva Kor consented to an interview with me after I read and reviewed her book, Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz.
I have to admit that I was very intimidated as I wrote these questions out. She has been probably been asked these questions a million times. I wanted to know stuff while wanting to be polite in how I asked them. I wanted to show this woman whom I had grown to respect as I read her story how much I admired her.
Here I share with you my humble interview with Mrs. Eva Kor. And I hope that you will see a woman that I respect and admire and that you will want to read her story as well.
What response do you get the most from others when they hear or read your story?
You inspire me to work hard and be better.
Has it gotten easier to tell it as the years have gone by?
Yes it has, and has become clearer to me how to tell that is easier for others
When you first began to write of your experiences in Auschwitz, how did you feel?
It was a personal journey in trying to come in touch with my past, at first I remembered just bits and pieces, then more and more.
Was it hard to put into words everything that happened and how you felt inside?
es it was, at first for over seven years I could not feel, I only remembered and would end every lecture with the following statement, "I know it happened to me but it feels like I am standing up here and looking down at this little girl, than one day I began sobbing uncontrollably while I was describing my separation from my mother, and every lecture after that, I was sobbing but I never again said that I was telling the story of this little girl because she and I became one.
Where did you find inspirations of hope?
I could not let the Nazis win, the only thing I had my, and Miriam's life, staying alive was my resistance.
After your freedom was obtained, did you have a fear toward others, especially?
There was a lot of fear in my life being Jewish was still a problem in Communist Romania, I had experience being Jewish as a positive experience and this did not happen until 1950 when I arrived in Israel.
For me, one of the most moving parts of the book was your struggle with forgiveness towards those who harmed you and your sister. You also struggled with forgiveness towards your family and yourself. How hard were these battles?
I never struggled with forgiveness, I "stumbled" on it because I wanted to give a Nazi doctor a meaningful gift for his willingness to document the operation of the gas chambers in Auschwitz. I struggled for 10 month to find him a meaningful gift, and when "letter of forgiveness" popped in my head I discovered that I had the power to forgive.
Do you feel that Auschwitz has become a bigger part of your life as you have opened up and become more public about what happened?
Yes because people like you keep asking questions, and I deal with it much more often.
Of all the people you encountered in the concentration camp, even those that were holding you prisoner, was there one that you can look back on and see strength in them that you absorbed to survive?
No I did not, at my young age my ability understand the world was very limited, I turned inward and did see some other children who learned to organize food in camp, organize was stealing from the Nazis.
Sadly, to many this is just a story because the young generations never experienced such horror and tragedy. What message would you want to get across to them?
A. Never ever give up!, B. Treat and judge others based on their actions!
C. Forgive those who hurt you, and Heal yourself.
I’ve encountered many that claim history should not have to be studied. I’ve always believed that history is bound to repeat itself. How do you about that in relation to the Holocaust?
Yes history can repeat itself, the only way to prevent it and promote peace is by teaching victims to forgive which promotes inner peace and peace in world.
When you hear people say that the Holocaust did not happen, what is your response?
I tell them about Auschwitz and take them there to help them see and experience the place.
Who has inspired you the most in the years since you have left the concentration camp?
I remember a writer's words but not his name he said, "Live your life in such a way that when you look back at your life you will know that you have not wasted any time."
Have you found anyone who is desensitized to the events?
Not really, only Holocaust deniers who have a political agenda.
Thank You, Mrs. Kor
I would like to extend my thanks to Mrs. Kor again for the opportunity she gave me and for her inspiration she has given to thousands.
If you are interested in reading her book, check out the link below.