Eva Mozes Kor, Survivor of Holocaust and Menegele, Is Guest Lecturer November 3

Person points at a photo and poses for a head shot.

Eva Mozes Kor, at right, points to a photograph of herself taken during the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp on January 27, 1945, by the advancing Soviet army. Photo provided by Ms. Mozes Kor.

Eva Mozes Kor, a twin who survived not only the Holocaust but also the macabre experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele, will be a special guest of the University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery and Mayfield Clinic, affiliates of UCNI, on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Ms. Mozes Kor will present her lecture, “Ethics in Human Research,” in the Kresge Auditorium (E701), which is located in the front lobby of the Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way, on the UC Academic Health Center Campus. Her appearance is supported by a grant from the Mayfield Neurosciences Foundation.

The lecture is open to the public. Because seating is limited, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Jillian Bollinger at (513) 558-6031 or Jillian.Bollinger@uc.edu. Directions to the lecture hall will be provided at that time.

Ms. Mozes Kor travels the country speaking about her Holocaust experience, her ability to forgive, and the need for today’s medical researchers to maintain scrupulous ethical standards and accountability to the public.

“The Department of Neurosurgery is honored to host Eva Mozes Kor as a guest lecturer,” said Mario Zuccarello, M.D., Chairman of the department. “Her memories cast a spotlight on one of the darkest corners of medicine’s history, while her messages of forgiveness and our duty to remain vigilant against prejudice are timeless and universal. We can all learn from her.”

Ms. Mozes Kor and her identical twin, Miriam Mozes, were among 200 twins who survived Mengele, known as the Angel of Death, who conducted his human experiments at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Ms. Mozes Kor’s parents, grandparents, two older sisters, uncles, aunts and cousins did not survive the Holocaust. Miriam Mozes died of a rare cancer in 1993.

Although Mengele studied philosophy and was well trained in medicine, his brutal experiments resembled torture more than science. Driven by an obsession with heredity and the Nazi ideal of a blue-eyed, blond-haired Aryan race, he found his subjects in 1,500 pairs of twins at Auschwitz. According to historical accounts, Mengele used chemical drops to try to change the color of children’s eyes, injected tuberculosis into healthy bodies, drew blood incessantly, and removed organs. One experiment involved an attempt to create Siamese twins out of two healthy twins. When a twin died following an experiment, the other was killed with an injection to the heart, and autopsies were performed.

Ms. Mozes Kor, quoted at http://www.mengele.dk/eva.htm, recalled that she and her sister were subjected to brutal surgeries and experiments.

  “I was given five injections. That evening I developed extremely high fever. I was trembling. My arms and my legs were swollen, huge size. Mengele and Dr. Konig and three other doctors came in the next morning. They looked at my fever chart, and Dr. Mengele said, laughingly, ‘Too bad, she is so young. She has only two weeks to live.’”

Ms. Mozes Kor survived to tell her story. In 1995 she founded a museum named CANDLES, an acronym for the words “Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors.”

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