In 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family were transported by cattle car to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Within moments, she was torn away from her parents and all but one of her siblings, whom she never saw again. But Eva and her twin sister Miriam were kept together and transferred to the hands of Joseph Mengele, the notorious doctor of Auschwitz.
In a moving interview with BuzzFeed News, Kor recounts her experience as one of Mengele’s guinea pigs. A German physician and SS captain, Mengele is known for his agonizing experimentation on concentration camp prisoners. He was particularly fascinated by twins, believing they offered a unique opportunity to study heredity and genetics. His experiments were brutal and often deadly. In the video, Kor said she was used in two types of studies.
“Monday, Wednesday, Friday, they would put me naked in a room with my twin sister and many other twins, up to eight hours a day. They would measure every part of my body, compare it to my twin sister, and then compare it to charts. On alternate days, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, they would take us to a blood lab. They would tie both of my arms to restrict the blood flow, take a lot of blood from my left arm, and give me a minimum of five injections in the right arm. The content of those injections we didn’t know then, nor do we know today.”
One set of those injections nearly killed Kor; her body was covered in spots, she was immobilized by fever, and came close to death in Auschwitz’s hospital. But she survived.
Eva and Miriam were ultimately liberated from the concentration camp. Miriam went on to move to Israel. After complications during her second pregnancy, it was discovered that her kidneys were comparable in size to those of a 10-year-old child. She later developed bladder cancer, and died in 1993.
In spite of the loss of her sister, and in spite of all the suffering she endured as a child, Eva’s story took a remarkable turn down a path of forgiveness. Find out more in the video below.
the power to live and forgive.
Posted by BuzzFeed on Tuesday, September 26, 2017