Auschwitz Survivor Has a Message for Trump Administration Before it’s Too Late

Auschwitz survivor warns Congress To Change Course

Eva Mozes Kor, Auschwitz and holocaust survivor, warned the U.S. Congress and Donald Trump’s administration against continuing to move in its current direction. For decades, Mozes Kor, 83, has been an advocate of tolerance and forgiveness. Now she has a new goal: addressing the leadership of both parties in Washington, to make them come into their senses. She told IndyStar‘s Bobby King in an interview,

“I would like to beat some sense into their heads. I would bring them (Congress) to Auschwitz and have their meeting on the selection platform and say if you don’t straighten out, this is what is waiting on the world. Are you willing to do that? This is not child’s games. I don’t care if you are on the left, on the right, in the middle — whatever direction your political affiliation is — you are sent to Congress to help run this country and help the American people.”

Eva Mozes Kor’s experience during the Nazi occupation has made her an in-demand public speaker; with 13,000 followers on Twitter, she is currently the subject of two new documentaries and a question-answer hologram speaker at the Holocaust archive founded by Steven Spielberg. As a victim of medical experiments at the age of 10 by Dr. Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death,” Kor may look physically weak and feeble, yet her passion makes you believe she can change things, including the current administration.

“Her club of choice is her answer to any of the world’s intractable problems — her story; the pivotal moment at the selection platform at Auschwitz; the devastation to her family and her people; and how she somehow found a way to forgive the Nazis.”

But Kor’s message is not only one of strength and resilience, it is the experience of living the consequences of hatred and bigotry, as she did when the Nazi conquest reached her village in Romania and turned her childhood friends against her, as they called her a “dirty Jew.” It is from this experience that Kor wants to demand Congress to learn before it is too late, before the growing divisions within Congress and among Americans make history repeat itself

“If all Americans cannot get along, who on Earth is going to do all the healing in the world? We should serve as an example. We are not an example. We are backstabbing.”

Her message is of great importance as hatred, discrimination, racism and xenophobia continue rising in the United States as the result of a mixture of Muslim bigotry, anti-immigrant rhetorics, homophobic debates, political violence, hate crimes, travel bans, old feelings of discrimination and so on. In fact, Kor’s message is not the first one of the kind; less than a month ago, holocaust survivor Bernard Marks reminded acting ICE Director Thomas Homan, “history is not on your side”. Like Marks, and many others, Kor understands that the richness and greatness of the United States, a country that welcomed her since the 1960s, is rooted on its diversity,

“The question should be asked: Do we want the United States to exist as a shining example to the world that we can get along with one other — even though we don’t agree on everything? I don’t care who gets the credit or the blame. I want the results.”

It is in the hands of the Congress to stop America from continuing down the path Trump has put the country on before things get out of control, and set the country back in the direction of being a global example of tolerance and greatness in celebrating its diversity.

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.