Moment of truth

Former Nazi guard kisses Auschwitz survivor at trial

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It was a moment that left 81-year-old Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor — and an entire courtroom in Germany — stunned. Kor was in Germany to testify at the trial of former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening. Groening, now 93, admits that he stood guard as tens of thousands of Jews were marched to their brutal deaths at the concentration camp’s death chambers. Following her testimony, Kor approached Groening to thank him for “having some human decency in accepting responsibility for what he has done.” And when she did, he kissed her and the two embraced. Kor, who was put through torturous medical experiments during her time at Auschwitz, wrote in an Op-Ed that she was surprised by the old guard’s gesture, but that she believes ‘forgiveness is the best revenge of all.” Kor has a truly amazing outlook. “Nothing good ever comes from anger, “she wrote. “Any goodwill gesture in my book will win over anger any time.” On Facebook, she shared a photo of the encounter, adding, “I know many people will criticize me for this photo, but so be it. It was two human beings 70 years after it happened. For the life of me I will never understand why anger is preferable to a goodwill gesture.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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