Spent the past four days in Denver for a work conference. Pretty boring stuff for the most part, but educational and important for keeping up my certification. One of our guest speakers was Eva Mozes-Kor.
Eva was invited to speak at the conference to discuss ethics in research. Her story is horrifying and inspiring.
In 1944 Eva was ten years old when her entire family was forced from their home in Transylvania by the Nazi's and were crammed into a train for Auschwitz. Eva and her sister were identified as twins after stepping off the train at the camp. Twins served as a natural control for medical experiments. That was the last time they saw their family.
Eva and her sister, Miriam, were subjected to experiments by "The Angel of Death", Dr. Josef Mengele. Eva didn't speak much about the experiments, but did describe her close encounter with death after one experiment. She is one tough person.
Eva and Miriam were fortunate to survive the experiments during 1944 and 1945. They were eventually liberated by the Soviet Union in 1945 and were some of the first survivors to walk out of the camp.
Eva spoke about forgiveness during her talk. She has forgiven the Nazi's for killing her family and experimenting on her and her sister. She has been liberated again.