From left: Paula Lebovics, Miriam Ziegler, Gabor Hirsch and Eva Kor at Auschwitz: The Past is Present in Poland, Jan. 26, 2015
Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor will be in Los Angeles next week to film an interview for New Dimensions in Testimony, USC Shoah Foundation’s three-dimensional, interactive virtual encounter with Holocaust survivors.
Survivors including Pinchas Gutter, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Renee Firestone and Eva Schloss have been interviewed for New Dimensions in Testimony. Covering the survivor’s life before, during and after the Holocaust, the interview is filmed over the course of a week on a 3D capture stage at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. Voice recognition technology will allow live audiences at museums to have a conversation with the survivor’s likeness long into the future.
All the survivors have already given their testimony to USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
Eva and her twin sister Miriam were born in Portz, Transylvania, Romania, in 1934. Their family was orthodox and the only Jewish family in their village. In 1944, their entire family was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Eva and Miriam were identified as twins and separated from their parents and two older sisters, all of whom were killed upon arrival.
Eva and Miriam spent the next six months in the experimental block with other female twins undergoing a series of experiments overseen by Mengele. When liberated at Auschwitz, they were featured prominently in the film that the Red Army took of the liberation. Eva and Miriam moved to Israel after the war, and in 1960 Eva married Michael Kor and moved to Terre Haute, Indiana.
Eva founded the organization C.A.N.D.L.E.S. (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) in 1984 and opened the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Museum in 1995. She has devoted her life to educating the public about the Holocaust.
In January 2015, Eva joined fellow Auschwitz child survivors Paula Lebovics, Gabor Hirsch and Miriam Ziegler in Poland for USC Shoah Foundation’s Auschwitz: The Past is Present program to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. They posed for a special photograph with the famous photo taken of them at liberation standing behind a barbed wire fence with 10 other children.